The Cambridge University Marlowe Society Production of 1958
Marlowe’s lyric intensity is beautifully conveyed in the verse speaking as is the unsuspected dramatic directness of the language. The nerve-racked, hopeless love of Gaveston and Edward is intensely moving. This Gaveston is live, arrogant, and shifty like a scared terrier, but in Edward’s presence he has a fawning humility which striking against the king’s obsessive need for him creates a sense of royalty tainted and humanity degraded. He who plays Edward moves superbly from angry, petulant weakness to withered, bent dignity. He gives the king the royalty of pain withstood and the tragedy of constant frustration. Never was anonymity less justified.
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