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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation by Michael Butt about the death of the poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, originally broadcast in the Afternoon Play slot on 17 August 2010.

In May 1593, the playwright Christopher Marlowe was killed. Apparently, it was because of an argument over a bill. Michael Butt's innovative drama dons the cloak of documentary to re-examine the unsolved case.

Starring Paul Rhys as the narrator, Blake Ritson as Thomas Walsingham, Harry Lloyd as Thomas Kyd, and Burn Gorman as Robert Poley. Also included in the cast are Tim McMullan, Christine Kavanagh, Tony Bell, Sam Dale, Sean Baker and Lloyd Thomas. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

©2010 Michael Butt (P)AudioGO Ltd 2011

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Not your typical Murder Mystery!!!

I've always said that the BBC make the best radio drama and n the world! An incredibly good voice cast brings an actual historical mystery to life! Well-written and well-acted!

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TRUE STORY of The MURDERED ELIZABETHAN PLAYWRIGHT

Christopher Marlow is one of my favourite Elizabethan playwrights. He was also a Poet and Translator and Shakespeares most important predecessor of English drama as Shakespeare was greatly influenced by Marlow’s work which runs through quite a lot of Shakespeares works. Marlow had such a sad ending to his extraordinary life. This is quite a good portrayal of what we understand happened at the inn where Charles was invited to meeting upstairs in the private area. No one was ever brought to justice and the playwright was buried in an unmarked grave in the churchyard at St. Nicholas in Depford 1st June 1593.