'Marlowe's Fate' is a comedy that begins with Christopher Marlowe’s last terrible night in London and ends a lifetime later with Will Shaxper’s last explosive night on Earth. More…
Christopher Marlowe, the most talented and accomplished playwright and poet of his generation, meets his terrible fate in a shocking and surprising confrontation in a riverside tavern in Deptford. One week later, Will Shaxper is recruited to act as stand-in for the disgraced Marlowe. These two innocent men struggle to survive while trapped in the Elizabethan Age of Machiavellian spies, slapstick puppets, and an outrageous avalanche of unintended consequences.
Part of the Fledgling Theatre Company and the Caravan Theatre Company's first annual 'Battle of the Bards' festival, honoring the work of Christopher Marlowe.
See it if you are a Shakespeare or Marlowe completist.
Don't see it if you are expecting a cogent argument that Marlowe authored Shakespeare’s work, or an entertaining play that proposes as much.
See it if You are interested in "who wrote Shakespeare" riffs. Its a very small room and requires proportional energy.
Don't see it if You dont like broad acting. You have little interest in conjecture that can be neither proved nor disproved.
See it if A well-written script, capable actors, fine costumes and the barest but serviceable lights and set in another Marlowe/WS dust-up is enough.
Don't see it if You've no knowledge of nor interest in, Marlowe, Shakespeare or who might have written what.
See it if You already believe the theory that Marlowe wrote the plays that were attributed to a not-too-bright Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance level for bad acting and weak arguments.
See it if Act I was a really well written, well acted mini playlet about "what if Marlowe lived and wrote Shakespeare's plays?"
Don't see it if Act 2 fell apart for me; there was a verbal sparring match with dolls and in order to lionize Marlowe, it demonized Shakespeare.
See it if You are patient listening to a different take on the bard in Shakespearean prose. The woman and the man who played the printer+ were fabulou
Don't see it if You’re looking for a big book musical. The premise was interesting but very slow moving especially the smaller man who was awful.
See it if have to. I wanted to like this! I really did! But the whole experiment was a miss for me... disjointed, confusing, slow and dull. Sorry
Don't see it if you're expecting any tension, pacing or 'witty repartee"
See it if You like reviewing theories about who actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays.
Don't see it if Like dynamic plays with a point. This had potential but . . .
See it if You love works of Shakespeare and you are familiar with the theory that Marlowe may be the real author of the plays.
Don't see it if You do not like English drama and/or puppetry within a play.
See it if You absolutely love Elizabethan Literature, especially anything with Shakespeare. It's interesting & quirky, but very uneven throughout.
Don't see it if You're looking for a polished story & performances. It's intimate & enjoyable. Keep in mind it's low budget & experimental, but still fun!
See it if You enjoy listening to characters yell at each other almost non-stop.
Don't see it if scenes of long drawn out puppet shows (with stuffed animals and Barbie used as puppets) staged as a boxing match are just not your thing.