The Lie

The playmaker and poet, Christopher Marlowe, was stabbed to death on the 30th of May, 1593. Following a hasty inquest, his body was thrown into an unmarked pit in a nearby churchyard and his killer walked free.

Many considered Marlowe to be an atheist and a Machiavellian with a quick and violent disposition; others regarded him as the famous gracer of tragedians, as the muses darling, or as kind Kit Marlowe.

However, the questions surrounding the circumstances of his murder refuse to go away. Who was the man reputed to have killed him, and who were the two other shady characters present at the death? Did Marlowe really die on that dark night in Deptford? Or is the whole thing a lie?


‘The assertive simplicity of the aesthetic proves to be one of the many strengths of a production that skilfully uses lighting and sound to recreate the claustrophobia of a political atmosphere where both words and identities were frequently duplicitous, and the possibility of betrayal lurked in every corner… a thrusting and vigorous interpretation.’
Evening Standard

‘Praise to Haygarth for his meticulous research and use of accessible Elizabethan-style language … a maelstrom of revenge and rivalry.’
Time Out

‘Eminently watchable … an intriguing and entertaining whodunit.’
The Times

‘Richly characterised … a compelling portrayal of devious double-bluffing.’
What’s On

‘Tony Haygarth’s fascinating new play delves deep into the mystery surrounding Christopher Marlowe’s violent death … Adam Meggido’s increasingly tense, menacing production for The Sticking Place boasts strong performances.’
The Stage

‘Tony Haygarth’s crackling new play bites with the keen edge of an executioner’s axe.’
What’s On

About the Production

The Lie was first given a rehearsed reading at the Almeida Theatre on September 12th, 1999 with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clive Arrindell. It was subsequently developed by The Sticking Place and produced at The King’s Head Theatre, Islington September 4th to October 14th 2001. Extracts with discussion were also presented at the site of the Rose Theatre, bankside.

Best known as a veteran of stage and screen, Tony Haygarth has twice been nominated for Olivier Awards as Best Actor. In 2003 he appeared at the Royal National Theatre in ‘His Girl Friday’ with Alex Jennings and Zoe Wanamaker and ‘Edmond’ with Kenneth Branagh.

Tony Haygarth subsequenly collaborated with director Adam Meggido and The Sticking Place on Dark Meaning Mouse at The Finborough Theatre.

William Arthur
Kenneth Colley
John Cunningham
Stephen Fewell
Daniel Hart
Steven Hodson
Simon Muller
Derren Nesbitt
Gordon Reid
William Travis

Directed by Adam Meggido
Set design by John Marsh
Costume design by Mia Flodquist
Lighting design by Michael Fidler
Music and sound design by Robert A White
Produced by Kate McGoldrick and Adam Meggido for The Sticking Place

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