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Fire and Phoenix
A new play by Kate Glover to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.
Preview: a rehearsed reading performed as a Saturday matinée on 15 October at 14:30, St Hugh's College, Oxford.
The play opens on 15 November 2016 at the Bridewell Theatre: follow this link to the flier.
Follow this link for the complete performance schedule.
See other events to commemorate the anniversary at www.visitlondon.com/greatfire350
The play opens in the bakery of Thomas Farynor, King's Baker, just before midnight on 1 September 1666. It's a swelteringly hot night. There has been no rain for months. Thomas assures his daughter that he has checked the fires...
The fire starts within hours; for three days it rages terrifyingly, helped by a ferocious East wind. Lord Mayor Bludworth is useless. Samuel Pepys takes practical measures, and liaises with the King, Charles II. The people lose everything and camp out at Moorfields. Foreigners and 'papists' are blamed for the fire and so are ferociously attacked. People are hysterical. St Paul's burns: a vision of Hell.
A Frenchman is hanged for starting the fire, but was
he really guilty? What about Farynor? Pepys has his
A Frenchman is hanged for starting the fire, but was he really guilty? What about Farynor? Pepys has his suspicions...
Despite the toll of 89 churches, 1300 houses and
200,000 people made homeless, Christopher Wren, in a moving final scene
with Pepys, has a strong sense of hope, and believes that London, like the
Phoenix, will rise from the
Despite the toll of 89 churches, 1300 houses and 200,000 people made homeless, Christopher Wren, in a moving final scene with Pepys, has a strong sense of hope, and believes that London, like the Phoenix, will rise from the ashes.
Follow this link for a fuller synopsis
See also the official 800th anniversary web site
BACKGROUND TO THE PLAY: Eight hundred years after King John gave his seal to Magna Carta, a new play Magna Carta, written and directed by Kate Glover, highlights the intrigue, plots and squabbles in a tantalisingly little known reign. The play tells the dramatic story of the struggle between King John and his rebel barons. See press release.
Historia thanks the managers of the official Magna Carta 800th web site and Facebook page for mentioning the play on these sites. Each contains much information about this and other events to mark the 800th anniversary.
HOW TO BOOK: Magna Carta is the most recently performed production by Historia Theatre Company. We have offered it since June 2015 as a theatrical contribution to the events planned to celebrate MAGNA CARTA. It is performed as a dramatised reading, lightly costumed, using professional actors. If you are interested in booking a performance please contact Kate Glover, Artistic Director of Historia Theatre Company at firstname.lastname@example.org and on 07811 892 079
COST: The cost to any venue would be in the region of £500 plus travelling expenses, with hosts taking box office revenue.
First Performances were at All Hallows by the Tower and St Mary le Bow churches in early June, and the tour continued in other London venues, Merton Priory, Newark Castle, Rochester Cathedral and St Mary's parish church, Staines. Further performances will be announced here.
Read what the audiences are saying .
P hotographs from the first night.
Earlier Historia Productions include:
Queen Anne (2014), a play about the life and troubled reign of the last Stuart monarch. Pictures
The Sound of Breaking Glass (2012-13), a play by Sally Sheringham, covering the life and conflicts of a family from 1908 to 1921 through the Suffragette movement and the First World War.
Judenfrei (2010-11), a touching play about the sufferings of two Jewish lawyers and their families in 1938 Berlin.
An African's Blood (Tour, 2007-8), chronicling the epic journey through Parliament of Wilberforce's law to end the slave trade, and touching on some chilling contemporary parallels.
Five Eleven (Tour, 2005), a play about the gunpowder plot of November 1605.
Evelina(2004),an adaptation from the novel by Fanny Burney.
A Passionate Englishman (1997 and 2000), based on the life of William Penn and set in the form of a dialogue between Penn and Samuel Pepys.
Updated 3 June 2016