“The beauty of Brenton's play is that, as with so many of Brecht's, there is a conflict between theory and action... the real pleasure lies in seeing a pivotal moment in English history presented with such fervent dramatic power.” - Guardian
“Fascinating.” - The Times
“Intellectually intricate and emotionally stirring.” - Independent
A gripping historical drama that dramatizes a crucial moment of English history.
December 1648. The Army has occupied London. Parliament votes not to put the imprisoned king on trial, so the Army moves against Westminster in the first and only military coup in English history. What follows over the next fifty-five days, as Cromwell seeks to compromise with a king who will do no such thing, is nothing less than the forging of a new nation, an entirely new world.
Howard Brenton’s play depicts the dangerous and dramatic days when, in a country exhausted by Civil War, a few great men attempt to think the unthinkable: to create a country without a king.
Howard Brenton is a prolific playwright whose plays have been staged at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, RSC and Shakespeare's Globe among others. Other writing work includes collaborations with David Hare and thirteen episodes of the BBC1 drama series Spooks.