The Real William Shakespeare... As Told by Christopher Marlowe

Theatre (lgbtq+, historical)

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'Make my words reside in your language as if they never knew any other.' Marlowe, murder… Morocco? The truth behind Shakespeare is steeped in blood and political intrigue, but now Christopher Marlowe is ready to tell all. Matchmaker Theatre Productions present a provocative new production that asks: who was the real William Shakespeare? Christopher Marlowe, famed playwright and spy, has the answer. But just how far will others go to protect this secret? 'Chaotic playfulness… mixing in heaps of Queer history and theory' **** (, The Masks Of Oscar Wilde, 2022).

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
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David Campton 35 days ago

Saw this in its final performance of this EdinburghFestival run... a tight, funny, at times tender piece of perfect fringe-fare. Well written (although perhaps not Shakespeare/Marlowe level, but with better jokes), well-designed and directed, and beautifully performed... a horrible histories-style take on one of the great literary conspiracy theories of all time.

Karen W 36 days ago

Without doubt, the guitar player stole the show. Great comic timing without even saying a word. Pure talent.

Ian Bennett 36 days ago

Well performed hour of silliness and made up history (or is it?…) You don’t need to be a literary scholar to enjoy this performance.

Kayla Turnbull 38 days ago

A wonderfully perfect show to be performed at Fringe. Marlowe is easily my favourite playwright, and he was written and played to perfection. Charming and eye-opening, this show is definitely recommended for writers and history buffs.

Richard Denning 39 days ago

Clever writing, great acting. At the same time enjoyable, funny and a bit thought provoking. Recommended.

Randal Richmond 40 days ago

A very engaging story with an immensely likeable cast, particularly the actor portraying Marlowe. Definitely worth checking out.

Jennifer Watson 45 days ago

Great fun, well worth seeing

R & C 45 days ago

This is what the Fringe is supposed to be about: a show with oodles of imagination and flair; four good actors with perfect comic timing; a clever use of props, backed up by an obviously excellent music/sound/lighting technician always bang on cue. The historical story may be a little far-fetched for most purists but it is nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable. We had smiles on our faces from start to finish. What more can you ask, apart from going home to investigate the story further. Learn and enjoy!

Nicola Macri 45 days ago

My favourite thing is learning while laughing and this delivers in spades, plus a catchy musical number at the end!! Also I’m not convinced that that was not Coach Beard on one of his side quests

Fran Be 46 days ago

This was my first ever edfringe experience and I have to say it set the bar pretty high!
The tone is wonderfully satirical whilst also not diminishing the raw points it makes. Live music, powerful performances and genuinely engaging and intelligent content - I really enjoyed this show and am very glad to have seen it!

Isabel Marks 47 days ago

Very good fun and worth seeing!

Deborah Cannon 47 days ago

This is an absolute treat of a show - beautifully performed by a top-notch cast, and gorgeously, inventively directed. I won't spoil it but the finale is an absolute delight. Highly recommended.

Linda Minotti 48 days ago

We went to see the Real William Shakespeare as told by Christopher Marlowe. The content was very rich with an artistic direction unusual and very interesting. We highly recommend to go and see this play if you want to know the truth! The actors were excellent and the music was fabulous! A must see play!!

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

A perfect example of how historical storytelling can be fun, creative and original.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 44 days ago

Marlowe: the reckless, glamorous, devil-may-care ‘rakehell’ whose brawl over a bar tab saw his own literary genius snuffed out at just 29

Read the full review (4.5/5 stars) 44 days ago

So off you pop to Riddle’s Court, a very apt place for a Medieval riddle of a play!

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North West End UK (4/5 stars) 46 days ago

Matchmaker Theatre Productions have done a splendid job

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