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Edward II (2001)
Play by Christopher Marlowe (1592)
Date: 24 performances from March 8 – 31 2001
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, U.K.
Director: Michael Grandage
Design: Christopher Oram
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Choreographer: Peter Darling
Music: Julian Philips
Fight Director: John Walker
Stills: Ivan Kyncl
Role: Piers Gaveston
Gaveston had been a companion of Edward II while his father was still alive, but Edward I had banished him. After his father’s death, Edward II recalled Gaveston, which angered some of the leading barons. Gaveston became the king’s favourite, then had to flee and was eventually murdered by the barons.
Plot: Much to the despair of his wife and contempt of his barons, King Edward comes to the throne, and immediately recalls his banished lover, Pierce Gaveston- an order that puts him at odds with most of his court. Edward must battle his sneering subjects, his scorned wife and his own family for not only the right to rule, but for the right to love...
Trivia & Facts
- To help them get into the roles, Michael Grandage instructed the cast to visit local gay clubs to observe how the regulars behaved.
- Joseph Fiennes turned down the lead role in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (£2 million) to play Edward II. The usual wage for cast members appearing at the Crucible is slightly above the Equity minimum rate of £278.50 a week.
- Kenneth Branagh decided to return to the stage for the first time since his Hamlet nearly 10 years ago after seeing Joseph Fiennes’ smash-hit production of Edward II (2001). Branagh agreed to play Richard III at the Crucible the following year.
'Sweet prince, I come; these, these thy amorous lines might have enforced me to have swum from France, and, like Leander, gasped upon the sand, so thou wouldst smile and take me in thy arms'
--- Gaveston, Act I Scene I
'Do you know what, I just don't see what anyone sees in blokes at all. Every night I get stubble rash and that really doesn't do it for me. Maybe if he got one of those Mach 3 blades something would blossom, I don't know’
--- James D'Arcy on kissing Joseph Fiennes
I have to say that the actor that played the king's lover, Gaveston (James D'Arcy, I think his name) was very very funny and friendly (as well as handsome, yes).
--- Katerina Yiamala during “Page to Stage” talk with cast/director
The 2001 Ian Charleson Awards celebrate and reward the best young classical stage actors in Britain under 30 years old.
"The Third Prize went to James D'Arcy, who, as Gaveston in Edward II (Crucible, Sheffield), overcame the difficulty of making him too louche or wicked, to create a character that gave the play a balance.”
“A sense of harmony, too, was the overwhelming feeling at the end of the celebration.”
“A Crowning Achievement” --- The Independent (19 March 2001)
”Then there was his first stage play, a stint in Edward II at Sheffield’s Crucible where the sight of 26-year-old D’Arcy’s lanky legs in tights never failed to bring a gasp from the women in the audience.”
“The triumph of the evening belongs to no single actor, though James D'Arcy flounces alluringly as Gaveston…”
"This was the first time I have seen an audience in a regional theatre give a standing ovation to a classical play.”
“The actors which stand out in my mind after seeing this wonderful production are: Joseph Fiennes who brings humour as well as sadness to the play with an outstanding performance. The other person on this level has to be James D’Arcy who plays Gaveston".
"James D'Arcy, making his stage debut, plays Gaveston with an easy, athletic assurance and confident masculinity. He is a young leopard, all body, alertness and sensuality. I think D'Arcy is in two minds about whether Gaveston really loves Edward - but so is Marlowe".
"I came from the US to see this production of Edward II. It was definitely worth the trip. The cast is superb! The charactor of Edward II, so brilliantly portrayed by Joseph Fiennes, takes you from laughter to pity to sorrow. As the play progresses, and the pending demise of Edward II is evident, Fiennes becomes frail and gives the very strong impression of both inner and outer body torture. James D'Arcy's Gaveston is flamboyant and just the right mix of humor and drama. All members of the cast make this performance what it is - Fantastic ! A must see !" --- UK Theatre Web (21 March 2001)