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Life Of Galileo, The

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Galileo's monumental discovery threatens two thousand year old beliefs. As a result he is left with a terrible choice. Read More >

The Life Of Galileo - National Theatre 06

Galileo’s incredible discovery that the earth moves around the sun destroys a belief held sacred for two millennia. As a result he is considered an enemy of humanity, threatened with torture and faced with a terrible choice: integrity versus intellectual sell-out.

Bertolt Brecht’s play, written on the cusp of the Second World War, examines social responsibility and the conflict between reason and faith.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 28/06/2006

Opening Night: 06/07/2006

Closing Night: 31/10/2006

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Cast & Creative


Simon Russell Beale, Sarah Annis, Ian Barritt, Tristan Beint, Duncan Bell, Natalie Best, Bertie Carvel, Marcus Cunningham, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Bryan Dick, Julia Ford, Oliver Ford Davies, Christopher Gilling, Dermot Kerrigan, Jamie Manton, Tim McMullan, Simon Merrells, Joseph Scatley, Amit Shah, Sam Spruell, Lucy Vandi, Zubin Varla, Ryan Watson, Andrew Woodall


Director - Howard Davies

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Bunny Christie

Choreographer - Stuart Hopps

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Sound - Paul Groothuis

Author - Bertolt Brecht

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