Marlowe’s first play, Tamburlaine chronicles its hero’s meteoric rise from humble origins to fearsome warrior and emperor of thousands. Tamburlaine desolates his adversaries, growing so ruthless that he marches on his beloved’s native country. With ravishing poetry, Marlowe ruminates on the corrupting influence of ambition and one man’s overwhelming desire for immortality. Tamburlaine exemplifies Marlowe’s extravagant style, immense sense of pageantry and bold characters. Avery Brooks returns to play the title role after his acclaimed portrayals of Othello and Oedipus. Franchelle Stewart Dorn returns for the first time since 2000 to play the Empress of Turkey.

This production played in repertory with Edward II as part of the Marlowe Repertory, the inaugural presentation at Sidney Harman Hall.

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Oct 30, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008

by Christopher Marlowe

adapted and directed by Michael Kahn
Tamburlaine is sponsored by Arlene and Robert Kogod.
The Marlowe Repertory is supported by a generous grant from Michael Klein and Joan Fabry.

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