“Caryl Churchill’s English Civil War play resonates powerfully today.” — Guardian
“Light Shining in Buckinghamshire is Caryl Churchill’s epic, astringent account of that tumultuous, intellectually fertile period of the 1640s when everything seemed up for grabs— liberty, equality, even property—and some believed the Second Coming was nigh.” — London Telegraph
In the aftermath of its Civil War, England stands at a crossroads. Food shortages, economic instability, and a corrupt political system threaten to plunge the country into darkness and despair. The Parliament men who fought against the tyranny of the King now argue for stability and compromise, but the people are hungry for change.
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire tells the story of the men and women who went into battle for the soul of England. Passionate, moving, and provocative, it speaks of the revolution they never had and the legacy it left behind.
Caryl Churchill is considered one of the world’s greatest living playwrights. Her plays include Serious Money, Cloud 9, Top Girls, Mad Forest, A Number, Far Away, Love and Information, Here We Go, and Escaped Alone. Light Shining in Buckinghamshire premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1976, and was revived at the National Theatre in 1966 and 2015. A U.S. production is scheduled for New York Theatre Workshop in 2018.