The Reign of King Edward III
Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
through October 1, 2017
While most of us know about Romeo, Juliet, the one whose name may not be mentioned, and others; few of us have heretofore seen The Bard’s opus about the Reign of King Edward III.
So come back to the 1300’s and Edward takes over the throne of England. He’s a bit of a warrior and after gobbling up Scotland, he declares himself to be the proper ruler of France; and the hundred years war commences. For more info on the war go back to your Cliff’s Notes.
Directed by Mary Ruth Ralston, the play features Drew Reeves at Edward III, and David Sterritt as his son, the Prince of Wales. Other principals are the Earl of Warwick (Clarke Weigle), Earl of Derby (O’Neil Delapena), Earl of Salisbury (Chris Rushing) and John II, King of France (J. Tony Brown). The cast of about 16 players, come off in more than 28 roles. The play is pretty intense, and David Sterritt captains some terrific fight scenes.
While the factual history of the events being described may be a bit unknown to many of us, the play is the thing, and to that we must shout Hazzah for a job so well done. It is incredible that these performers can remember all these lines, and at the same time getting prepared to open the next play, the one whose name may never be mentioned, only 5 days after this one closes.
The Tavern is downtown on Peachtree Street with plenty of parking at the Emory Hospital garage across the street. They’ll discount your parking fee if you show them your ticket stub.
And, plan to grab some pub grub at the Tavern, as they have a pretty substantial menu and plenty of libations, fit for peons as well as peers. More info at ShakespeareTavern.com