In Extremis

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About the Show Less...

A war of ideas between two types of Christianity is ignited by a love affair. Read More >

In 12th century France, a new philosophical and religious enquiry is growing. The educated Peter Abelard is at the forefront of this new thinking. When he begins an affair with his student Heloise, his enemies find the pretence they need to discredit him. By attempting this, they begin a war of ideas that inevitably involves Abbot and Popemaker Bernard of Clairvaux.

Howard Brenton, whose other plays include The Romans In Britain and Paul, uses the love story of Abelard and Heloise to examine logic, religion, humanism, fundamentalism, faith and power.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 15/05/2007

Opening Night: 18/05/2007

Closing Night: 26/05/2007

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Cast & Creative


Director - John Dove

Producer - Shakespeare's Globe

Designer - Michael Taylor

Author - Howard Brenton