Inspired by the life of House Of Desires writer Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz, Helen Edmundson’s critically acclaimed play The Heresy Of Love brings a clash between organised religion and personal faith to Shakespeare’s Globe.
In a Mexican convent in the late 1600s, a gifted and progressive writer finds herself at the centre of a deadly battle between two Princes of the Church. Celebrated by the Court but silenced by the Church, she is betrayed by the very people she thought she could trust.
Edmundson, whose previous work includes the National Theatre’s adaptation of Coram Boy, uses all the devices of Spanish Golden Age theatre – intrigue and danger, passion and politics, comedy and tragedy – to tell the tale of the 17th century nun and playwright.
The play was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012.