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About the Show Less...

The story of a revolutionary magistrate who turns from being a radical idealist to a fanatical apologist for state violence. Read More >

April 1793, the French Revolution is four years old and the Committee of Public Safety under Robespierre finds threats to national liberty at home and abroad. When Gamelin, an ambitious and idealistic young magistrate, joins a group of old friends for a picnic outside Paris, the ties of love and affection can take the strain. But how strong will they prove when Gamelin is given power over life and death, and the new republic plunges from high idealism to mob rule and state terror?

Private jealousies and public fears, old alliances and new ideologies, panic legislation and political correctness all combine in this adaptation of Anatole France’s 1912 novel Les Dieux ont Soif.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 31/08/2008

Opening Night: 03/09/2008

Closing Night: 04/10/2008

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Cast & Creative


Kirsty Besterman, John Bett, Gregory Gudgeon, Belinda Lang, Edward Macliam, Ellie Piercy, Jonty Stephens, David Sturzaker, Jon Banks, William Lyons, Clare Salaman


Director - Guy Retallack

Producer - Shakespeare's Globe

Designer - Ti Green

Author - Glyn Maxwell

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