Orbits

The planet-sized egos of left wing German playwright Bertolt Brecht and Hollywood film star Charles Laughton clash as they negotiate the translation and adaptation of Brecht’s play Life of Galileo for its American premiere, with Laughton lined up for the lead. The themes of Life of Galileo – an account of Galileo’s trial for the heresy of believing that the Earth orbits the Sun and his subsequent recantation under threat of torture – reflected in the lives of Laughton, a gay man in 1940s America, and Brecht, whose left wing sympathies would eventually lead him before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Orbits explores how – just as Galileo crumbled under the Inquisition – Brecht’s beloved ‘concrete truth’, could crumble under pressures, political, historical and personal. It’s a fitting tale perhaps for the post-truth times we find ourselves in today.

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By:
by Wally Sewell
Producer:
Lucy Appleby
Director:
Anthony Shrubsall
Cast list:
Peter Saracen, Edmund Dehn
Orbits Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
Opening date: 
Thursday, 23 February, 2017
Available from: 
Saturday, 23 September, 2017
Closes: 
Saturday, 11 March, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 11 March, 2017
MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-8.00pm
Wednesday-8.00pm
Thursday-8.00pm
Friday-8.00pm
Saturday-8.00pm
Sunday--

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153 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW5 0LJ
Venue Box Office:
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