Richard II and Edward II at Ventnor Fringe Festival

Scena Mundi Theatre Company headlines Ventnor Fringe Festival with their productions of Shakespeare's Richard II and Christopher Marlowe's Edward II
Scena Mundi Theatre Company headlines Ventnor Fringe Festival with their productions of Shakespeare's Richard II and Christopher Marlowe's Edward II
Katherine Ryan

REVIEW: Katherine Ryan at the Portsmouth Guildhall

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Tradition and innovation collide in the Scena Mundi Theatre Company’s productions of Richard II and Edward II.

These will run on alternate nights at the Trinity Church as the headline shows of the Ventnor Fringe Festival, which runs until Saturday, August 15.

This production of Richard II is given the classical treatment, creating an authentic performance that focuses on Shakespeare’s verse.

In contrast, Edward II by Christopher Marlowe is adapted with a 1980s rock infusion inspired by Marlowe’s edgy reputation. Eighties rock replaces classical strains and alternative costume design draws inspiration from the decade, including Jean Paul Gaultier and the leather fetish scene.

Bankers’ suits cut over chainmail and leather, spike and eyeliner signal the King. The up-tempo feel of the production drives the energy of Marlowe’s drama.

The shows feature costumes by Penny Rischmiller, lighting by Nathalie Gunzle, choreography by the National Theatre’s Darren Royston and direction from the company’s artistic director Cecilia Dorland.

Tickets: £14-£18, visit ventnorexchange.co.uk or call 0843 289 8718.