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Dido, Queen of Carthage

Theatre @ York

“Worlds of Exile,” Theatre @ York’s 2017-18 season, culminates in Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, an epic story in an intimate and innovative new production directed by Peter Hinton. Dido, Queen of Carthage blends classical text with a compelling contemporary approach.

Shadowed by war, Dido, Queen of Carthage is the original tragic love story with its hero Aeneas, the exiled prince of Troy, compelled by Fate to leave his beloved Dido, Queen of Carthage in order to fulfil a political destiny.

Inspired from the Virgil’s Aeneid, the story of Dido and Aeneas has stimulated artists for two millennia; from Ovid’s Opera to modern-day science-fiction like Battlestar Galactica. “The playwright Christopher Marlowe is considered the “bad boy” of Elizabethan drama,” said Hinton. “Always controversial, he was a homosexual, a convert to Roman Catholicism and some say even a secret agent and spy. We are setting this production in 1593 in the Deptford [London, UK] tavern in which Marlowe was murdered that year. In a case of great synchronicity, the tavern was an infamous halfway house for political refugees.”

Director Peter Hinton has worked across Canada and directed over 140 productions. From 2005-2012, he was Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s Natural Arts Centre.

Hinton has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryerson University and since 2012 he has been the professional mentor for the York University/Canadian Stage MFA program in directing. In 2009, Peter was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.


When: Relaxed performance Thursday March 22, 2018 at 7:30pm.

A Relaxed performance is designed to reduce anxiety and provide a safe space, enjoyable experience, taking into account variable sensory, communication or learning needs and abilities.

Where: Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building – Main Floor, York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto

Use the code welcome2 online or at the box office for two free tickets for both March 21 & 22 7:30pm shows. Map & Directions

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