MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL

BY T. S. ELIOT

ST BARTHOLOMEW THE GREAT, 2015

 

T. S. ELIOT'S VIOLENT, VERSE PAGEANT OF FAITH, MURDER AND POETRY

“End will be simple, sudden, God- given...

All things prepare the event. Watch.”

 

St Bartholomew the Great already partly stood in the time of Becket, which makes it a setting of choice for the play. Eliot conceived the text to be performed in a religious building (the Chapter house of Canterbury Cathedral) and Little Spaniel Theatre feel really privileged to be able to stage it in St Barts.  We have tried to make the most of the church’s extraordinary atmosphere and aimed at giving back to Eliot’s medieval pageant all its vigour and strength of vision. This “Murder”, delivered by a young and energetic cast, wants to create a tableau of early Plantagenet England without compromising on the modernity of the play. No setting would have served it better than St Bartholomew.

An excellent production…The whole experience was a delight: the church is exquisite, and the performances were a joy.
— The Financial Times
[A] powerful experience… [The] chorus of women … give this excellent production its heart... The women wheel both vocally and physically to keep the performance fluid and intense... Eliot’s verse [is made] elegant and understandable
— The Church Times

COMPANY

Ava AmandeCristina BascheClare BriceAnna BucklandEluned HawkinsClaire-Monique Martin (Women of Canterbury); Tyrone Coogan (First Priest); Edward Fisher (Second Priest); Damian Regan (Third Priest); Jack Cooper Stimpson (Messenger) ; Martin Aukland (Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury); Tom Wharnsby (First Tempter / First Knight); Pip Brignall (Second Tempter / Third Knight); Daniel Osgerby (Third Tempter / Fourth Knight); Edmund Sage-Green (Fourth Tempter/ Second Knight)