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I, Spie - Stratford-upon-Avon
I, Spie - Stratford-upon-Avon

Tue, 18 Jun

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Stratford Play House

I, Spie - Stratford-upon-Avon

The imagined story of John Dowland, as he combines his life as a court musician/composer with the Elizabethan espionage underworld.

Time & Location

18 Jun 2024, 19:30 – 20:50

Stratford Play House, 14 Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU, UK

About the event

Centred around an extraordinary letter written by Renaissance composer/lutenist John Dowland to spymaster Sir Robert Cecil in 1595, this spell-binding concertplay (where music and theatre collide) by award-winning writer Clare Norburn and BAFTA-nominated director Nicholas Renton imagines what might have happened next.

I, Spie tells the story of how John Dowland manages to foil an Italian plot on the life of Queen Elizabeth I and his ensuing grisly dealings with the Secret Service. Think Blackadder meets Spooks, 16th Century-style! But ultimately, Dowland's fate is in your hands as you'll vote on how the show should end. Plus, ahead of the show, you'll be invited to crack the all-important code.

The drama is accompanied by music by Dowland and his contemporaries, alongside Elizabethan tavern, street and courtly masque music.

This show runs straight through with no interval.

This performance is supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation.

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