A Life of Galileo
In the year sixteen hundred and nine
The light of science shone
In a modest house in Padua
As Galileo set out to prove
That the sun is fixed
And the earth is on the move
Mark Ravenhill's new translation of Brecht's play captured the excitement of scientific discovery, the contradictions in Galileo's own character and the disillusionment of his followers when he recanted.
Directed by Roxana Silbert, the production featured Ian McDiarmid in the title role, described as 'electrifying' by the Independent.
A Life of Galileo played in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 31 January to 30 March 2013.
It was part of the A World Elsewhere trilogy of newly adapted classics from around the world, alongside The Orphan of Zhao and Boris Godunov.