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Adapted by Ng Choon Ping from the original by Christopher Marlowe

Ambition. Subjugation. Immortality.

Yellow Earth presents Christopher Marlowe’s thrilling, controversial and compelling masterpiece, Tamburlaine. The story of a lowly shepherd who rises to power and conquers half the world through sheer brutality and self-belief.

Presented by a British East Asian cast in a startling new adaptation this production calls into question the very nature of power, masculinity and violence. What makes a king? What makes a father? What makes a man?

In an age when Trump can become leader of the free world, conflict rages across the Middle East, Europe is increasingly divided and a new power from the East asserts its growing dominance, Marlowe’s classic takes on a new urgency and relevance for our time.

“Heartfelt show made with love and acted with real vigour”
The Guardian on YET’s The Last Days of Limehouse

London Arcola Theatre 15 March – 8 April

Mon – Sat 8PM

Saturday Matinees 3.30pm

Oxford Old Fire Station 13-15 April
Colchester Mercury Theatre 19-20 April
Birmingham Old Rep Theatre 21 April

Director  Ng Choon Ping, Design  Moi Tran, Video Design  Gillian Tan, With live taiko drumming by Joji Hirota       

Creative Producer  Kumiko Mendl, Dramaturgy by Stewart Melton


Tamburlaine Lourdes Faberes With Melody Brown, Fiona Hampton, Susan Hingley, Amanda Maud, Leo Wan.


With thanks to our funders

Arts Council England, Cockayne Trust and The Foyle Foundation.