In a fantasy world of Kings and their Pawns every move must be calculated, and the costs of 'checkmate' are incalculably high. Playing out anxieties about England's relationship with Spain, this 'scandalous, impious, and barbarous' comedy ran for an unprecedented nine performances before it was halted by the authorities.
(first performed 1624, first published 1925)
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Part of the Read Not Dead season