Writer: Christopher Marlowe
Director: Paul Kerryson
Between 23rd May and 10th June 1995, Eddie took the title role in a production of Marlowe's Edward II at the Leicester Haymarket.
Written over 400 years ago and rarely performed these days, the Leicester Haymarket production about politics and sexual power is transposed to a more modern setting. Edward wraps himself in his kingship, as if it is all-protecting, with little concern with the responsibilities of state or for authority. As a result, he loses popular support, his wife gains sympathy, he faces various plots to pass the throne to the young heir and an eventual violent death.
Eddie relished the challenge that the role (said to intimidate many actors) represented, "I've waited a quarter of a century to be offered a chance like this - it's a great chance."
And "...I've been looking for a role like this for years. Of course it's dangerous, of course it's big time, of course it's a risk. But isn't it wonderful?"
“Eddie excels as Edward….in this superb production at the Haymarket….A riveting production, which can only be regarded as a triumph for all concerned.” Stage and Television Today