Samson Agonistes

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I praise the poetry of ‘stony wastes’,
I praise the poetry of lush spaces,
I praise the poetry of difference,
I praise poetry of co-existence.

Samson Agonistes is a brand new verse play by John Kinsella, rebounding from the Milton original, which interacts with themes of modern warfare, identity, and the knotty tragedies of global international politics. Kinsella describes the play as a pacifist text, and dedicates it to “Israel and Palestine and lasting peace and equality in all things”. This will be the first ever performance of the new play.


Date and Time

Wed 24 October 2018

19:00 – 22:00 BST

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Judith E Wilson Studio

English Faculty Building

9 West Road



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Organiser The Marlowe Society

Organiser of Samson Agonistes

The Marlowe Society is one of Cambridge’s oldest and most prestigious drama societies. Since its creation in 1907, the society has had a profound influence on British theatre, both by producing some of the country’s most renowned actors and directors – including, among others, Trevor Nunn, Peter Hall, Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen – and by redefining the relationship between modern dramatists and early modern verse.

Today, the Marlowe society continues to specialise in producing high-quality and innovative productions of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, in particular through our annual show at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, but has also branched out into supporting new writing in Cambridge; the society now runs an annual new writing competition and regularly finances productions of plays written by Cambridge students.

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