Edward II

Edward II

Director: Richard Marquand, Toby Robertson Cast: Ian McKellen, James Laurenson



Now available on DVD for the first time ever comes Ian McKellen's breakthrough performance as Edward II from the 1969 Edinburgh Festival! The BBC broadcast of this critically lauded production caused a sensation with its uncompromised portrayal of Edward's sexuality, including the first kiss between two men on British television. Christopher Marlowe's play is remarkably modern. It is perhaps surprising to realize that his sensuous and poetic depiction of love between two men is 400 years old. Edward II is a flawed ruler, his reign marred by civil strife and rebellion, but it was his love life that ultimately turned the nobles against the king. The play begins with the return from exile of Edward's favorite courtier, Gaveston (James Laurenson). Edward's devotion to Gaveston, and his stubborn refusal to give him up, is at the heart of the play's tragedy.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2009
UPC: 0883929069583
Original Release: 1970
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:01:00

Special Features

The Marlowe Inquest" Christpher Marlowe died in Deptford, Kent, in 1593, in a tavern brawl.Despite the verdict of an inquest held that year, mystery still surrounds his death

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Disc #1 -- Edward II
1. Chapter 1 [9:45]
2. Chapter 2 [9:13]
3. Chapter 3 [12:24]
4. Chapter 4 [10:49]
5. Chapter 5 [9:04]
6. Chapter 6 [9:05]
7. Chapter 7 [6:09]
8. Chapter 8 [3:47]
9. Chapter 9 [12:03]
10. Chapter 10 [9:14]
11. Chapter 11 [14:49]
12. Chapter 12 [2:44]

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