Living under four monarchs, Tallis was forced to adapt his compositions to suit their religious demands, but at what cost? In Swale’s vividly imagined play, we follow the contrasting fates of Tallis and a young priest, from the dissolution of the monasteries through Mary’s bloody reign, via encounters with a young Elizabeth and the mysterious Dr Dee, to their dramatic conclusion.
This "ambitious portrait of the 16th-century composer cleverly combines drama and music
- Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Flexible casting
The play can be performed with four actors doubling, as below, or with a bigger company as desired. There are eighteen roles.
Actor 1 – Thomas Tallis, the Bishop, Dr DEE, the Guard.
Actor 2 – Queen Cathe rine, the Commissioner, Joan, BETHAN, Mrs Prest, Elizabeth I, Mary.
Actor 3 – Henry VIII, the Priest, Edward’s atten dant, the PLASTERER, Mr Prest.
Actor 4 – The Boy King (Edward)
The girl and the singer in Scene Two can be played