About the show
Become entranced with The Captive Queen at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe’s indoor space.
John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe gets a striking make over in this new co-production between Shakespeare’s Globe and Northern Broadsides. Directed by Barrie Rutter, The Captive Queen re-imagines the play. It sets it at the end of an era that saw commerce in the north of England dominated by powerful woollen mills.
The Captive Queen holds a formidable power over a collection of men. But this isn’t power in the conventional sense. An Emperor and his Governor are struggling with their gradual turn towards old age, but both dream of winning the Captive Queen’s attentions. Likewise, two fratricidal sons change their attention from war to love as they too become entranced by her charms.
Dryden’s original play set the action in Mughal India. This new version maintains echoes of this part of the story, using an original score by Niraj Chang to reinvigorate the sounds of war, workmanship and India. Musical rhythms and beats provide the perfect backdrop for Dryden’s rhyming couplets and the relentless seething of the factory machines.
Rutter is the founder of Northern Broadsides. The award-winning company are based in West Yorkshire in a former mill. Since starting in 1992, Northern Broadsides have won critical plaudits with their combination of new plays, Shakespeare and other classic texts.
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the replica Jacobean playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, offers a dramatic backdrop to this intense, passion-driven play.
The Captive Queen runs from 2 February – 4 March 2018 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Map & Location
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
21 New Globe Walk