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Marlowe's Fate

From 48 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

About the show

'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.

Member Reviews (48)


Clever, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if if you like a very unusual theory about Shakespeare and Marlowe. Very witty story and wonderful acting. Don't miss the 1st scene of Act 2!

Don't see it if if you are a purist about Shakespeare and don't like any controversy about him. You won't like this play if you have no humor.

Also The seats in this studio theater have no cushions so bring your own if... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the Marlowe/Shakespeare controversy, and are open to "what if"; a clever presentation, fun and well researched

Don't see it if you do not like historically oriented plays which poke fun at Shakespeare, and challenge your beliefs, even with puppets to add humor.

Also I totally enjoyed this play, even though I'm no Shakespeare or Marlowe... Read more Read less

Interesting, Funny

See it if If are a Shakespeare fan and are interested in the history or legend of how he did not write his plays.

Don't see it if if you do not like cozy settings for a play, you do not like period pieces or you are not particularity interested in Shakespearean history.

What can be wrought on a tiny stage!, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if every once in a while your brain needs a shake up and you've already seen Stoppard. This was great fun, everyone giving it their all--Bravo!

Don't see it if You don't want to consider that perhaps Shakespeare didn't write those plays: this makes a case in Marlowe's favor, presented effectively.

Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you are intrigued by the “Shakespeare stand-in for Marlowe” theory and enjoy talented acting/writing albeit no climax or arc after Act I.

Don't see it if you reject that Shakespeare didn’t author works attributed to him, dislike silly pointless puppetry, want resolution/climax or shorter show

Intelligent (even w/the puppets), Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever, Very good acting

See it if you like Shakespeare &/or Marlowe. Gets to the premise much better than "The Shakespeare Conspiracy", although beats it like a dead horse.

Don't see it if you don't know (or care) about the never-ending Marlowe vs Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or any of their work. Very good acting by most.

Also To ponder: an always welcome exercise.... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Uneven, Wordy, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in a clever exposition of the Marlowe/Shakespeare theory, with an odd diversion into puppetry. Overall fun and interesting

Don't see it if You don't like talky, somewhat repetitive explanations of unproven theories, or small theatres with uncomfortable seats.

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if If you are interested in Shakespeare and have some knowledge of those times. I think this show is underrated. start of 2nd act was awesome.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in shakespeare at all, you will be bored at this show

The most compelling evidence put forward yet

See it if You are genuinely curious about who Shakespeare really was. Its funny, there are puppets, and they play Jethro Tull in between acts.

Don't see it if If you want a big Broadway musical

Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Intelligent, Humorous

See it if you love The Bard, are curious about the controversy surrounding his existence, or just like creative theater.

Don't see it if you're extremely parochial about your Shakespeare or don't enjoy a little mischief in a show. Not an LOL comedy, but witty and fun.

Also These five actors demonstrate great range as they take on multiple rol... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy conspiracy theories concerning the bard or just a fan of the era. The play is well acted and well written. Well worth a visit.

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare or prefer contemporary plays.

Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like historical references and puns. The show is different in its writing and presentation, see it if you like non traditional plays.

Don't see it if You do not like old English speech, or are seeking a full on comedy.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are accepting of a Marlowe/Shakespeare connection. You enjoy a show despite one poor act. You can follow multiple rolls per actor

Don't see it if you need your shows to be 100% perfect. Good acting is not enough for you. You aren't willing to think outside the box.

Clever, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you're interesting in Shakespearean conspiracy and like British acting.

Don't see it if you dislike old English speech and care for an evening with dazzling oomph.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You've any interest in Elizabethan England, or in Shakespeare or Marlowe.

Don't see it if Conspiracy theories leave you cold.

Also Len Rella was a standout in a dual role as a hired assassin and as Ben... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if the premise that Marlowe did not die but was exiled to Italy and continued writing with Shakespeare as his English front is interesting.

Don't see it if you are not interested in Marlowe or Shakespeare and are not willing to consider that Shakespeare did not write his plays, but Marlowe did.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy wit and Shakespeare Controversy.

Don't see it if You like action films and big production values.

Clever, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if A well done play about a topic of which you may not be aware.

Don't see it if If you don't like interesting theatre done well.

During previews
Talented cast, Even punch & judy show up, Episodic, Non-stratfordian, Conspiracy theory?

See it if interested in Stratfordian/ Oxfordian/ Marlowian triangulate,, possibilities of Marlowe's faked death

Don't see it if no interest in possibilities of the Oxfordian debate, looking for solid scholarship rather than what if,s, no interest in small scale plays

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you are interested in the issue of whether Shakespeare truly authored his plays--if you appreciate a playwright's invention

Don't see it if you are easily confused by a plethora of characters

Also I enjoyed Act I a great deal but Act II opened with a bizarre puppet s... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want to know who wrote Shakespeare's plays

Don't see it if you never wanted live in the 17th century

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Uneven, Intelligent, Good acting

See it if interested in the Shakespeare/Marlowe controversy (is there one?). You're not bothered by anachronisms, as long as they're fun.

Don't see it if too few players filling too many roles is a confusion, and you seek solid, convincing detail to help you decide the answer.

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in why there is so little known about Shakespeare: the play presents a possible explanation in a delightful way.

Don't see it if you do not care about yet another theory about who really wrote the works of Shakespeare.

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if If you like conspiracy theories, believe that Shakespeare did not write his plays And want a clever way of presenting it.

Don't see it if You don't like pupperts

During previews
Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if Interesting expositions about the Shakespeare controversy for hundreds of years; great acting

Don't see it if Like kids shows

May 17th, 2018
“More of an argument than a play, and the characters are not much more than mouthpieces for theories that have been more persuasively argued elsewhere. Therefore, the evening makes for, as Shakespeare might state, a very long ‘two hours traffic of our stage.’ This is a pity since there is some fi...
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May 21st, 2018
"Hodges is a more accomplished playwright and literary researcher than director, allowing a great many different English accents to be used. Not only is the acting quite broad, it is also superficial and surface. All of the actors double with second appearances as other characters often following...
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May 17th, 2018
“A nifty, literate mystery...The best scene is the battle of wits between Shakespeare and Marlowe, staged as a mock puppet wrestling match...Although the play ends on a dreary note, its illumination of the lives of the characters—each actor portraying multiple figures—keeps the audience on its to...
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May 17th, 2018
“Whether you find this story plausible or not, it works very well within the world of the play...Somewhat reminiscent of ‘Shakespeare in Love’...This isn’t a casual comedy. You’ve got to pay attention. It’s theatre that forces you to listen and think...A mid-show puppet boxing match...Ridiculous ...
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