Life of Galileo

Life of Galileo

Galileo Galilei: father, hero, heretic. When a chance discovery leads to evidence of a seismic shift in scientific thinking, Galileo sparks a dangerous dispute with authority. To challenge the idea that the earth is the centre of the universe is to challenge the all-powerful Roman Catholic Church. Brecht’s dramatisation of the battle between belief and reason considers whether proof matters when it inspires dissent. Joe Wright catapults Life of Galileo into the Young Vic’s Main House auditorium as you’ve never seen it before with design by Lizzie Clachan and video design by 59 Productions.

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by Bertolt Brecht
Joe Wright
Songs by:
Tom Rowlands
Jon Clark
Tom Gibbons
Lizzie Clachan
Cast list:
Brendan Cowell as Galileo, Billy Howle as Andrea, Paul Hunter as Sagredo and Anjana Vasan as Virginia, Ayesha Antoine, Jason Barnett, Joshua James, Bettrys Jones, Alex Murdoch, Brian Pettifer and Sarah Wright
Life of Galileo Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Saturday, 6 May, 2017
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Available from: 
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Saturday, 1 July, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 1 July, 2017

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66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
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London is currently experiencing a mini festival of immersive productions of Bertolt Brecht plays. Hot on the heels of the recently opened revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which transforms the Donmar Warehouse into a 1930s Chicago speakeasy and at times conscripts the audience into the action, the Young Vic now stages Life of Galileo as a kind of planetarium installation, with a... Read more

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The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands to score Young Vic's Life of Galileo as production extends
The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands to score Young Vic's Life of Galileo as production extends
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Young Vic have announced that The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands will compose original music for the venue's upcoming production of Life of Galileo which begins previews on 6 May with an official opening on 16 May 2017. The production has also extended its booking period to 1 July 2017. BAFTA winner Joe Wright directs this new version of Brecht’s Life of Galileo which will be accompanied by an original score from Tom Rowlands, founding member of the English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers. The pair have previously collaborated on the 2011 feature film 'Hanna'.

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