A Life of Galileo
From: Thursday, 31st January 2013
To: Saturday, 30 March 2013
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Galileo's astonishing proof that the earth moves around the sun shatters a belief held sacred for two thousand years. Considered an enemy of humanity, he's threatened with torture and faced with a terrible choice: integrity versus intellectual sell-out.
Simon Tavener - 13 February 2013
Perhaps there is a delicious irony that this play (which exposes the way the Roman Catholic Church suppressed the scientific truths that Galileo discovered) has opened at a time when the eyes of the world are focussed on the Vatican as they begin their search for a new Pope. Certainly it adds new resonances to a play that still has much to tell us about the battle between science and faith.
Brecht may have been a revolutionary but, like many radicals, he may have been disturbed to see that his ideas have become so mainstream. Roxana Silbert (director) and Mark Ravenhill (translator) have certainly honoured the originator of The Life of Galileo with a version that bears all the hallmarks of Brechtian style but their lightness of touch and clarity of storytelling means that we focus entirely on the characters and less on the technique.
The production is centred around the magisterial and mercurial performance of Ian McDiarmid. There is a palpable se...
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Ian McDiarmid (Galileo)
Jodie McNee (Virginia)
Gethin Anthony (Cardinal Bellarmin)
Matthew Aubrey (Andrea)
Adam Burton (Vanni)
Jake Fairbrother (Ludovico)
Joel Gillman (Little Monk)
Nia Gwynne (First Scholar)
Paul Hamilton (Federzoni)
Susan Momoko Hingley (Ballad Singer's Wife)
Joan Iyiola (Ensemble)
Youssef Kerkour (Philosopher)
Chris Lew Kum Hoi (Cosimo De Medici)
Siu Hun Li (Very Thin Monk)
Patrick Romer (Very Old Cardinal/Senator)
Sadie Shimmin (Mrs Sarti)
James Tucker (Bursar)
Martin Turner (Sagredo/Cardinal Inquisitor Required)
Philip Whitchurch (Cardinal Barberini/Ballad Singer)