NEWS: Barrie Rutter to Play The Emperor in The Captive Queen

Shakespeare’s globe has announced that Barrie Rutter will be playing the Emperor in its upcoming production of The Captive Queen. 

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John Dryden’s play is being reimagined on the stage in a co-production by Shakespeare’s Globe and Northern Broadsides, playing at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from the 2nd February 2018.

It has been announced that the production directed by Barrie Rutter will also see the actor and founder of Northern Broadsides playing The Emperor during the show’s run.

As an actor he has appeared on the stage at the National Theatre and the RSC, he has appeared as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor,  Prospero in The Tempest (Northern Broadsides), Hobson in Hobson’s Choice(Sheffield Crucible) and Napoleon in Animal Farm (National Theatre).

The Captive Queen is a reimagining of John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe – a story of passion, politics and patriarchy.

An ageing Emperor and his Governor rage at the loss of their youth and beauty. Two fratricidal sons are spurred from victory in war to the warfare of love. And all four are besotted with the same Captive Queen.

The production will feature designs by Jessica Worrall and  an original score by Niraj Chag.

The Captive Queen will play at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from the 2nd February until the 4th March 2018. For more information visit:



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