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Life Of Galileo Set Build at the Young Vic

Video: Set Build for Life Of Galileo

Published May 10, 2017

Brecht’s masterpiece Life Of Galileo springs to life at the Young Vic this summer with a breathtaking transformation of the venue’s Main House.

Designer Lizzie Clachlan said, “Transforming the Main House at the Young Vic is always one of my favourite creative challenges; the flexibility of the space makes each production really unique and gives audiences a chance to experience theatre in a different way each time they visit.”

“For Life Of Galileo, we wanted to create something that reflected Galileo’s challenge that the earth was at the centre of the universe – the audience is sat in-the-round and the action happens in multiple places. The set, which includes a planetarium-like dome with projections by 59 Productions, took 6 full days to construct and transforms the auditorium into something that’s never been seen before.”

The play sees Galileo use the newly invented telescope to make ground-breaking discoveries about the planets that set him on a collision course with authority. In challenging the idea that the earth is the centre of the universe, he is challenging the all-powerful Roman Catholic Church. Brecht’s timeless play about the conflict between science and dogma is more topical today than ever before.

More information and tickets are available through the venue’s website.