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Dido, Queen of Carthage - The Rose Theatre, Bankside

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HOUSE on the Hill Productions is presenting Dido, Queen of Carthage, by Christopher Marlowe, at The Rose Theatre, Bankside – from March 8 (previews from March 6) to March 31, 2013.

After the fall of Troy, Aeneas and his men land on Carthage on their way to Lavinium, where they are offered food and shelter by Dido, Queen of Carthage. An intense love affair ensues between Dido and Aeneas, leaving their fates in the hands of the Gods.

Marlowe’s play is a classical story of destiny, fate and love.

Having produced the successful King Lear at the same venue last year, House on the Hill Productions takes Dido back to its historical routes, bringing in elements of Virgil’s Aeneid and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Dido, Queen of Carthage is performed by an ensemble of actors with Rhiannon Sommers in the title role. Last seen in London playing Mary Shelly in Primavera Produtions’ Bloody Poetry (Jermyn Street Theatre), her recent credits include Butley (West End) and Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre).

Sommers is joined in the cast of Dido, Queen of Carthage by James Burgess, Edward Walters, Julia Taylor, Carsten Garbode, Sam Spurgin, Lucy Laing, Daniel Yabut and Natasha Percival.

Dido, Queen of Carthage is directed by Alex Pearson and Jeremy Smith and has costume design by Pam Tait, whose credits include Top Girls, Royal Court, Sid and Nancy, Beautiful Thing and The Sarah Jane Adventures (BBC). She was also head costume designer for the television series, Queer as Folk.

The Rose is London’s most historic theatre, the first Elizabethan Theatre on Bankside and home to many of Marlowe’s and Shakespeare’s first productions. Plans are in place to complete the excavation and open it to the public permanently.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7261 9565 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 3pm only.

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval).

The Rose Theatre, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AR