After Edward at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
It’s sore jaws all round with this hilarious new play by Tom Stuart. After Edward has absolutely everything anyone could want from a show, whether they’ve already seen Edward II or not.
As Marlowe’s classic runs at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this freshly penned follow-up story runs alongside it, exploring the pride, shame and politics associated with being gay throughout different times in history. But it’s so much more than that. It’s the very personal experience of what it means to be an actor playing a role so close to their heart.
Tom Stuart reprises his role of Edward II in After Edward, appearing on stage, not really knowing where, or even who, he is. He is soon joined by other characters from history such as Quentin Crisp, Gertrude Stein and Harvey Milk. Together they try to figure out what exactly is going on while a monstrous something tries to get into the room.
There are surprises at every turn. The wit and timing are first class. It must be infuriating for other playwrights that someone so young can produce something so incredibly funny, clever and beautiful in equal measure. And there’s even a little bit of theatrical magic thrown in. In his new production, Tom Stuart displays a rare writing talent that must surely propel him to great things. And he can really act, too.
Stuart is surrounded by a top-notch cast – though it’s Richard Cant’s Quentin Crisp who stands out as particularly phenomenal. He manages to make every gesture and every word mesmerising.
There’s no more perfect a setting than the stunning candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Writing his piece for the space, Stuart knows not just how to use the room, but how to craft a narrative that fits it like a glove.
This is a play for everyone. It’s brilliantly funny. It’s thought-provoking. It’s wickedly intelligent. It’s relevant. It’s important. And it’s totally accessible.
Photo: Marc Brenner
After Edward is at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 21st March until 6th April 2019. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.