COMING NEXT: The Cardinal

By James ShirleyCardinal_SP_Web

Presented in association with Southwark Playhouse


26 April – 27 May 2017, Southwark Playhouse

“All great men know, the soul of life is fame.”

The state of Navarre is in crisis. An unscrupulous Cardinal has the ear of the King and is hungry for power. The Duchess Rosaura longs to marry the Count D’Alvarez, but the Cardinal wants her for his brutish nephew. To tighten his grip on the Kingdom, the ruthless Cardinal will stop at nothing to secure the marriage. But in the Duchess it seems he has finally met his match…

Hailed as James Shirley’s tragic masterpiece, The Cardinal (1641) was one of the last plays staged in England before Oliver Cromwell’s ban on theatre. With remarkably lucid and fast-paced dialogue, it is the captivating story of a religious monster and his relentless pursuit of power.

Starring Stephen Boxer (King Lear, National Theatre) and directed by Justin Audibert (The Jew of Malta, Royal Shakespeare Company).

Cast: Stephen Boxer. Sophia Carr-Gomm. Phil Cheadle. Ashley Cook. Marcus Griffiths. Patrick Osborne. Jay Saighal. Natalie Simpson. Timothy Speyer. Paul Westwood. Rosie Wyatt.
Director: Justin Audibert, Designer: Anna Reid, Lighting Designer: Peter Harrison, Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim, Fight Director: Bret Yount, Movement Director: Natasha Harrison.