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A lowly shepherd rises to power – and conquers half the known world.

Tamburlaine is a breathtaking interrogation of power, masculinity and the limits of violence.

In his new adaptation for Yellow Earth theatre company, Ng Choon Ping directs a startling production with a British East Asian cast and live taiko drumming. Lourdes Faberes makes her Arcola debut as Tamburlaine.

As ‘strongman’ leaders exert their influence, and new power from the East asserts its growing dominance, Christopher Marlowe’s classic tale takes on a new urgency and relevance for our time.

“I mean to be a terror to the world”

Tamburlaine is supported by the Cockayne Foundation and the Foyle Foundation.

Please note: This production contains loud live drumming. If you need any further information, please contact the box office on 0207 503 1646 Monday – Saturday 12.30pm – 6pm.

★★★★ Stripped-back, clearly directed and ruthlessly sardonic
—Time Out
Stylish simplicity ... a game cast
—The Guardian
Combines the humorous and horrific in the same breath
An evocative, often exciting and unsettling production
—Traffic Light Theatregoer


Melody Brown
Lourdes Faberes
Fiona Hampton
Susan Hingley
Amanda Maud
Leo Wan
Joji Hirota

Live taiko drumming


Christopher Marlowe


Ng Choon Ping


Ng Choon Ping


Moi Tran

Video Design

Gillian Tan

Lighting Design

Neill Brinkworth


Rose Ryan


Stewart Melton

Creative Producer

Kumiko Mendl

A production by Yellow Earth.


Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening performances (15-17 March) £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 8pm.
Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.
No performances Sunday.

The show contains scenes that some may find disturbing

Preview pricing: 15 - 17 March
Press night: 20 March
Supporters' social: 24 March
Pre-show touch tour 25 March, matinee 3.30pm (Please note the performance is NOT audiodescribed)
Pre/post-show discussion, Gender Bending 1 April, 6pm - with Ashlea Kaye and Yz Al-Shaater from Smooth Faced Gents, director Ng Choon Ping and Yellow Earth Artistic Director Kumiko Mendl.

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 135 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Loud noises
Suitable for 14+