Maybe James Shirley isn’t one of the greatest playwrights ever to animate the stages of this country, but he’s far from the worst, and this is probably his best effort. It’s coming back to us at a time of national doubt comparable, in some ways, with the era of its origin.
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That sound that you hear in the production is not frogs croaking. It’s the ghost of Joe Orton tutting with boredom that, in fifty years, his anarchic comedy has not been bettered.
The Cardinal, James Shirley’s tragic masterpiece will be presented at the Southwark Playhouse in a new production starring Stephen Boxer in April 2017. Staged as one of the last five plays performed in England before Oliver Cromwell’s theatre ban, The Cardinal is a captivating story of a religious monster’s relentless pursuit of power. Playwright James […]