Christopher Marlowe was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era and the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day. He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who was born the same year as Marlowe and who rose to fame after Marlowe's mysterious early death. Marlowe's plays are known for their use of blank verse, and for their overreaching protagonists. Colin Teevan is a celebrated playwright, translator and screenwriter. His work has been produced by many leading theatres including the National, the Young Vic, the Soho Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.