“To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Christopher Marlowe, an illustrious and enigmatic alumnus of the University, the Marlowe Society will be staging his complete works across the 2013-14 academic year.

The Marlowe Festival begins in November with Dido, Queen of Carthage, directed by Michael Oakley and performed at Emmanuel College Chapel [University of Cambridge] Tuesday 12 – Friday 15 November ahead of a special performance in the Senate House for one night only which will launch the Marlowe Festival on Saturday 16 November. The launch will be celebrated in the University Combination Room following the performance at a black-tie drinks reception.

About the play

‘fortune’s mean, too mean to be companion to a queen’
Allegedly written during his time as an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Christopher Marlowe’s take on Virgil’s Aeneid is a thrilling and visceral exploration of the destructive nature of obsessive love. Fleeing from war torn Troy, Aeneas finds himself violently ship wrecked on the shores of Carthage. As two worlds collide – torn between destiny and passion – can the love between Dido and Aeneas survive?

Scholars give a range of 1587-93 for the first performance of Dido, Queen of Carthage, acted by the Children of the Queen’s Chapel, using St John’s Boys choir. The Marlowe Society’s production is brought to life by award winning professional director Michael Oakley and features music from Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

No stranger to staging the works of Marlowe, director Michael Oakley won the prestigious JMK Award for young directors for his critically acclaimed production of Edward II. ”

More information and tickets here

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