A brand new production of Shakespeare’s brilliant meditation on war, and leadership, and the act of ‘playing’ itself. In the gorgeous surroundings of the Kibble Palace Glasshouse, six actors tell the story of this famous King; a story full of heroism and sacrifice, as a great man ruthlessly pursues the victory he will stop at nothing to achieve.
Hot on the heels of his coronation, Edward II recalls his lover Gaveston from exile, lavishing him with titles and riches. Their all-consuming love makes enemies of the establishment, alienates the King’s once-devoted Queen and threatens to tear the kingdom to pieces. A political thriller and an intense love story, Edward II is a powerful exploration of how far society will go to destroy a love seen as taboo.
The Roman general and emperor, Mark Antony, neglects his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. As their passion threatens to consume themselves and those around them, the pair are torn between love and duty – can their relationship survive when their actions affect the fate of nations? What price are you willing to pay for love?
Full of passion and humanity, Timon of Athens is also a strikingly relevant echo of our own times. Bard in the Botanics is delighted to present this rare opportunity to enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays, presented in the stunning surroundings of the Kibble Palace Glasshouse.