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Previewed 19 April 2012, Opened 23 April 2012, Closed 19 May 2012 at the Duchess Theatre in London
The Royal Shakespeare Company presents David Edgar's play Written on the Heart in London directed by Gregory Doran.
The Word of God... something to die for? Across an 80 year divide, two men translate the word of God into the English tongue. For one, it means death at the stake. For the other, it could mean an archbishop's mitre. After almost a century of unrest, the King James Bible was intended to end the violent upheavals of the English reformation. But deep-seated conflicts force a leading translator to confront the betrayal of his youthful religious ideals, for the sake of social peace.
The cast for Written on the Heart in London features Stephen Boxer as 'William Tyndale' and Oliver Ford Davies as 'Lancelot Andrewes' along with Bruce Alexander, Jamie Ballard, Paul Chahidi, Laura Darrall, James Hayes, Jim Hooper, Youssef Kerkour, Joseph Kloska, Sam Marks, Annette McLaughlin, Jodie McNee, Ian Midlane, Mark Quartley, Daniel Stewart, Simon Thorp. Directed by Gregory Doran with designs by Francis O'Connor, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Jonathan Ruddick and music by Paul Englishby. This production was originally seen at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from October 2011 to April 2012.
"It is a pleasure to welcome into the West End a play that is at once so literate and so dramatically compelling... At Stratford, the production - directed with a characteristic lucid empathy and narrative skill by Greg Doran, the RSC's artistic director designate - was performed on a thrust stage. Thanks to a spirited performance from a populous cast, it proves just as involving here, framed by a proscenium arch... A play that combines intelligent laughter with its powerful sense of literally burning issues. Go." The Independent
"David Edgar's meaty new play, Written On The Heart... 17th Century clerics split hairs and come to blows about whether a translation of the Bible should say 'love' or 'charity', 'delectable' or 'very pleasant', 'confessing' or 'acknowledging', 'idols' or 'images' in order to create a text that any ploughboy can read... Greg Doran, the next artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, stages a handsome and splendidly performed production, which succeeds in making a demanding history lesson dramatically satisfying. A small miracle of sorts." The Mail on Sunday
Written On The Heart in London at the Duchess Theatre previewed from 19 April 2012, opened on 23 April 2012 and closed 19 May 2012 - was booking up to 21 July 2012.