"The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?"
Vienna at the dawn of the 20th century. By day, a city of coffee shops and smart society. By night, a hotbed of sex and fevered dreams. The wealthy and the powerful climb the stairs to Doctor Freud's consulting room.
The government decides it is time to wage war on vice. But nobody – not even the puritanical new ruler, Angelo – is immune to temptation. The Marlowe Society, Cambridge University’s leading drama society, celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a vivid production of his gripping drama of lust and repression.
Director Tom Littler is Artistic Director of the award-winning Primavera, and was Associate Director of the Peter Hall Company. His critically acclaimed work includes the world premiere of Howard Brenton's Dances of Death.
The Marlowe Society returns to the Cambridge Arts Theatre after their recent acclaimed productions of Henry V and Dr Faustus. The Society has been responsible for launching the careers of some of Britain’s greatest actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Tilda Swinton, Rachel Weisz and Stephen Fry.
The Marlowe Society was founded in 1907 by a group of students including Justin Brooke as a reaction against Victorian theatre and tradition. Its purpose was to revive the presentation of Shakespeare in Cambridge which had not been performed since 1886, and, in doing so, raise the standard of verse-speaking by actors. Since then, it has met with remarkable success, maintaining these traditions and acting as a nursery of talent and reform.