Farouk Campbell

The Rival Queens at the Union Theatre

Hubris, intrigue, plotting, rivalries and passions infuse the narrative of The Rival Queens currently being staged at the Union Theatre.

Newly adapted by Dan Rebellato from Nathaniel Lee's 17th century play, the story charts the return of the warrior-king Alexander the Great, master of the world, to the city of Babylon in the week before his death to find his ex-wife Roxana and current wife Statira competing for him.

With undoubted influences of Shakespearian tragedy Rebellato's adaptation tackles interesting subjects of jealously and pride yet disappointingly veers off into simplicities of good queen versus bad queen.

The historical elisions and inaccuracies aside, The Rival Queens is a brave display of drama with credible performances all around. What will you gain from attending this event: the chance to see a new play in a very interesting venue.

Continues until 22 December

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