Adapted by Ng Choon Ping from the original by Christopher Marlowe

‘I mean to be a terror to the world’

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.

Time Out  “Ng Choon Ping’s adaptation of ‘Tamburlaine’ is stripped-back, clearly directed and ruthlessly sardonic. Lourdes Faberes is a tremendous Tamburlaine – proud and fierce, and bewildered when mortality lands a knockout blow on myth.

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

Post Show talks:

Mercury Studio, Weds 19 April at Mercury Colchester with Dr Mary Mazzilli, Lecturer in Drama and Literature, LiFTS, University of Essex.

Yellow Earth, LiFTs (University of Essex) and Mercury Theatre invite you to a panel discussing the state of BEA theatre today, and Elizabethan theatre in the modern times. A panel chaired by Dr. Mary Mazzilli (LiFTs) together with Kumiko Mendl  (Yellow Earth), Prof John Gilles (LiFTs) and director Ng Choon Ping will lead a discussion on the following four topics:

#yellowface  Intercultural theatre, Marlowe and cultural appropriation, Race and gender in theatre

Director  Ng Choon Ping, Design  Moi Tran, Video Design  Gillian Tan, Lighting Design Neill Brinkworth, Movement Rose Ryan. 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.



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  1. celebrations: “Tamburlaine” by Yellow Earth at the Arcola | Julie Bozza

    April 6, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    […] make it any sooner, and the play ends this coming Saturday at the Arcola. However, I see on the Yellow Earth site that they are touring to Oxford, Colchester and Birmingham during […]

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