The Cardinal

The Cardinal

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.

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James Shirley
Justin Audibert
Peter Harrison
Max Pappenheim
Anna Reid
Cast list:
Stephen Boxer, Sophia Carr-Gomm. Phil Cheadle. Ashley Cook. Marcus Griffiths. Patrick Osborne. Jay Saighal. Natalie Simpson. Timothy Speyer. Paul Westwood. Rosie Wyatt.

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest tube:
Elephant & Castle, Borough

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