By Anthony McCarten
From the writer of the Academy Award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour, and The Theory of Everything comes the play that sparked a major motion picture.
Nine years ago, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by resigning, the first Pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this archconservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a one-time tango club bouncer, a football-loving reformer with the common touch, to become Pope Francis, one of the most powerful men on earth?
Starring Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, The Crown, Endeavour) and Nicholas Woodeson (Baptiste, The Death of Stalin, The Danish Girl), this gripping and entertaining new play from Anthony McCarten premiered at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, in 2019 and was adapted into the multi-award-winning film for which McCarten was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards.
Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho) with original music by Grammy and BRIT Award-winning composer Anne Dudley.
The Two Popes is a fascinating and humorous story that shines a light on one of the world’s most secretive institutions. At its heart lies a timeless question: in moments of crisis, should we follow the rules or our conscience?
Rose Theatre, in association with Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and Oxford Playhouse, presents a Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Anthology Theatre co-production in association with Tara Finney Productions.
Age guidance: 10+
Duration: 145 minutes with interval
Dates & times:
Tuesday 18 October at 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm (Captioned, post-show talk)
Thursday 20 October at 2.30pm (Reduced capacity in circle) & 7.30pm
Friday 21 October at 8.00pm
Saturday 22 October at 2.30pm (Audio described) & 7.30pm
Recognising that some audience members may not feel comfortable returning to a full capacity seating auditorium, the midweek matinee performance on Thursday 20 October at 2.30pm will be sold to a reduced capacity in the Circle.
“A compelling new play”
“Lesser and Woodeson are, quite simply, divine. A double-headed acting masterclass”
★★★★The Daily Telegraph
“Directed with exemplary clarity”
“Timely, masterly and unmissable”