Adapted by Ng Choon Ping

"I mean to be a terror to the world."

Yellow Earth presents Christopher Marlowe's thrilling, controversial and compelling masterpiece, Tamburlaine. The story of a lowly shepherd who rises the power and conquers half the world through sheer brutality and self-belief.

Presented by a British East Asian cast in a startling new adaptation this production calls into question the very nature of power, masculinity and violence. What makes a king? What makes a father? What makes a man?

In an age where Trump can become leader of the free world. conflict rages across the Middle East, Europe is increasingly divided and a new power from the East asserts its growing dominance, Marlowe's classic takes on a new urgency and relevance for our time.

UK Tour: March - April 2017

Arcola Theatre, London
Old Fire Station, Oxford
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham



Creative team

Writer and Director: Ng Choon Ping
Design: Moi Tran
Video Design: Gillian Tan
Lighting Design: Neill Brinkworth
Movement: Rose Ryan
Dramaturgy: Stewart Melton
Taiko Drumming: Joji Hirota
Creative Producer: Kumiko Mendl


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

Photography by Robert Workman
Funded by Arts Council England, Cockayne Trust and The Foyle Foundation.

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