Written on the Heart by David Edgar transfers to Duchess

The Royal Shakespeare Company production of Written on the Heart, by David Edgar, transfers to the West End's Duchess Theatre, opening 21 April 2012, following previews from 19 April 2012 - booking to 21 July 2012.

(The production opened in Stratford-Upon-Avon 27 Oct 2011, and runs to 10 March 2012, before its transfer to the West End on 19 April 2012)

Directed by Gregory Doran, cast includes Oliver Ford Davies (Lancelot Andrewes), Stephen Boxer(William Tyndale), Bruce Alexander (George Abbot, Bishop of London), Jamie Ballard (Young Lancelot Andrewes/Henry’s Chamberlain), Paul Chahidi (Richard Thompson/William Laud), James Hayes (Laurence Chaderton/Archdeacon), Jim Hooper (John Overall), Youssef Kerkour (Painter/Prison Keeper), Joseph Kloska (Samuel Ward), Sam Marks (Henry, Prince of Wales), Ian Midlane (Churchwarden/Workman), Mark Quartley (Catholic Priest/Harington), Daniel Stewart (Clerk), Simon Thorp (Sir Henry Saville/Squire), Annette McLaughlin (Lady Alletta Carey/Squire’s Wife) and Jodie McNee (Mary Culler).

It is designed by Francis O’Connor, lighting by Tim Mitchell , sound by Jonathan Ruddick. The RSC production is produced in the West End by Bill Kenwright & Thelma Holt.

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.

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