Coming soon to the Hampstead Theatre, 55 Days.
The army has occupied London.
Parliament votes not to put the imprisoned King on trial, so the army moves against Westminster and the only military coup in English history takes place. But the army leadership remains divided: Cromwell would prefer a compromise with the King, but the King will not compromise.
A new nation must therefore be forged…and over 55 days, an entirely new world is created.
Howard Brenton depicts the culmination of the mid-seventeenth century. In these dangerous and dramatic times, in a country exhausted by Civil War, the great men of the day were trying to think the unthinkable: to create a country without a king. Brenton’s most recent theatre credits include The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman/ Chichester Festival Theatre), Danton’s Death and Never So Good (National Theatre) and the award winning Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe).
Brenton reunites with director Howard Davies after their critically acclaimed productions of Never So Good and Paul (National Theatre). Associate Director of the National Theatre, Davies numerous theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard, Burnt by the Sun, The White Guard and Blood and Gifts (all National Theatre), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Old Vic/Broadway) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Almeida).
Oh..and someone called Mark Gatiss will be playing Charles I – should be good!
18 Oct-24 Nov 2012
Book tickets here: http://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/2012/55-days/
Find out more at http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/335992.html
(With thanks to Raks Patel, SHSOL)