792X447 Galileo.

Henry Goodman

The Life of Galileo

By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by David Edgar

Festival TheatreTicketsPrice: from £10

Overview

Do you think, when he hears the truth, that the Pope will snap his fingers and write in his diary, “10 January 1610, heaven abolished”?

1609. Galileo Galilei is a teacher of mathematics at the University of Padua. The establishment orthodoxy – which he’s been teaching to private pupils for years – is that the sun revolves round the earth, which is the centre of the universe. The theory confirms the scriptures and pays the bills. 

Now, with the help of a newly-invented telescope, Galileo is starting to look at the universe afresh. And the more he looks, the more he sees, including mountains on the moon and strange stars around Jupiter. His discoveries not only support the heretical idea that the earth moves round the sun, they give rise to urgent new questions too. What if the earth is just another star? And if the church is wrong about the heavens, might it be wrong about how things are here on earth?

Brilliant minds have been burnt alive for asking such questions. Because though this is the age of science and discovery, it is also the age of the Inquisition.

Bertolt Brecht revised his epic play about the battle between scientific reason, the power of religion, and human responsibility in response to the apocalyptic events of the middle of the twentieth century.

David Edgar’s adaptations also include Nicholas Nickleby and The Master Builder, both seen at CFT. Making welcome returns to Chichester are Director Jonathan Church, who was Artistic Director 2006 – 16; and Henry Goodman who plays the title role, following his appearances in Yes, Prime Minister (2010) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2012/13).

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Cast & Creatives

Cast

  • Henry Goodman Bw 1.

    Henry Goodman

    Galileo

Creative Team

Jonathan Church

Director

Simon Higlett

Designer

Mark Henderson

Lighting Designer

Matthew Scott

Music

Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer

Dick Straker

Video Designer

Jenny Arnold

Movement Director

Juliet Horsley

Casting Director

Verity Naughton

Children's Casting Director

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Content and Themes

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The Life of Galileo
Language       None  
Nudity             None
Violence         None
Themes          Scientific discovery; the clash between scientific reason and religious belief & hierarchy; scientific and human responsibility.

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