The 17th century debate between scientific innovation and religious belief inspired Bertolt Brecht's richest play. Life of Galileo, premiered in its English Language version in 1947 and has since been adapted for big screen and staged in various revivals all around the world. Most recently, the play was pushed into a contemporary context by David Hare at the National Theatre (2006), then again in a slimmed down version by Mark Ravenhill at the RSC's Swan Theatre in 2013.
Now, as part of the 2017 season at the Young Vic, Life of Galileo is re-imagined by BAFTA-winning film and TV director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina) in what promises to be 'an out of this world experience' and a version of the play 'as you've never seen it before'. Brendan Cowell, who played to standing ovations last year in Yerma, returns to the Young Vic to take on the central role.
Anticipate a spectacle: the visuals come from set designer Lizzie Clachlan, who put Yerma into a glass box at the Young Vic and created a mystical Shakespearean forest out of office furniture at the National Theatre, working alongside video designers 59 Productions (the pioneering tech company behind the 2012 opening ceremony and the V&A's Bowie exhibition).
Though the crux of the play's narrative of discovery and religious ideology is rooted in the 17th century, there's much modernity in the text; Brecht reworked the conflicts between reason and dogma in the aftermath of the Hiroshima explosions. And the implications of Galileo's life story go well beyond the specifics of cosmology to reflect a debate about morality and science that is as pertinent as ever.
Public booking for Life of Galileo at the Young Vic opens at 10am on Wednesday 1 February.
|What||Life of Galileo, Young Vic|
The Young Vic
66 The Cut , Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ | MAP
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
06 May 17 – 24 Jun 17, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£10 - £38|
|Website||Click here to book via the Young Vic Theatre|