The Revenger’s Tragedy at the Old Red Lion Theatre: A modern take on a Jacobean classic
Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy is a scabrously dark and blackly comic play depicting a world corrupt with violence, social struggles and immoral justice. Compared with our recent riots, perpetual corporate capitalism and fame-obsessed youth, this Jacobean play – written circa 1606 – shows an astounding relevance to the world we live in today.
Directed by Nicholas Thompson, Middleton’s elaborate revenge plot is portrayed exceptionally well by a six-strong cast including Mark Field (Brideshead Revisted), Christine Oram and Henry Regan. The Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington provides an intimate setting for a show that ensnares from beginning to end.
Originally set in an Italian court, this English drama has been slickly adapted for modern climes with its 80s milieu of Duran Duran vibes, Bunga Bunga parties and sartorial yuppiness propelling Middleton’s central themes of greed, lust, ambition and revenge.
The Revenger’s Tragedy is a theatrical masterpiece delivering ‘not to be missed’ performances twinned with a provocative tale that will stay with you long after leaving. The Old Red Lion Theatre is only five minute’s walk from Angel station, and with “Pay what you can Thursday” on offer, there’s no excuse to miss out on this unforgettable experience.