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Emperor And Galilean

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About the Show Less...

Ian McDiarmid and Andrew Scott lead a cast of 50 in Ibsen’s epic tale. Read More >

Emperor And Galilean charts the true odyssey of an astonishing man, Julian, as he struggles to find spiritual fulfilment and political pre-eminence. Ibsen’s lost masterpiece sweeps across Greece and the Middle East from AD 351 covering 12 crucial years in the history of civilisation.

Made Emperor, Julian attempts to abolish Christianity and restore the old gods. But met with fierce resistance, this great free thinker becomes a tyrant more hated than his brutal predecessor Constantius, and in arousing the Christians from their apathy he advances their cause, his life and death altering the course of history in stark opposition to his intent.

Ibsen’s magnificent farewell to epic drama Emperor And Galilean tackles faith head on.

The National Theatre production of Ben Powers’s new version of Emperor And Galilean is a UK premiere and features a cast of 50 led by Andrew Scott (an Olivier Award-winner for a Girl In A Car With A Man) and Ian McDiarmid (A Tony Award winner for The Faith Healer and Olivier Award-winner for Insignificance).

For more about Emperor And Galilean at the National Theatre read the Big Interview with Andrew Scott or the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 09/06/2011

Opening Night: 15/06/2011

Closing Night: 13/08/2011

Running time: 3h30

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Cast & Creative


Jamie Ballard, Simon Coombs, Daniel Flynn, John Heffernan, Chris Jared, James McArdle, Ian McDiarmid, Simon Merrells, Carole, Nimmons, Genevieve O'Reilly, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Lara Rossi, Andrew Scott


Director - Jonathan Kent

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Paul Brown

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Movement Director - Denni Sayers

Sound - Christopher Shutt

Author - Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Ben Power

Music By - Jonathan Dove

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