Based on the 12th-century French story of the love affair between Abelard and Heloise, an intellectual abbot and his young prioress, played by Oliver Boot (pictured) and Sally Bretton, In Extremis is another play full of controversial themes by the author of The Romans in Britain and last year’s Paul at the National. In Extremis is directed by John Dove and continues in rep at the Globe until 7 October 2006.
First night critics were impressed with the play, enjoying the “gripping” story of the two lovers. They said that, although Brenton takes liberties with the original story and some of the text is slightly jarring, his political and moral points are presented with clarity and put into frighteningly modern contexts.
- by Caroline Ansdell