The Life of Galileo

The Life of Galileo

David Hare’s translation of Bertolt Brecht’s play, starring Stacy Keach as Galileo Galilei. Unrelenting in his search for “simple truth” Galileo Galilei shatters beliefs held sacred for two thousand years. But, under threat of torture by the Holy Inquisition, his scientific and personal integrity are put to the test as he argues for his very life in a passionate debate over science, politics, religion and ethics that resonates to this day.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

Neil Dickson as 3rd Senator/Adult Cosimo
Roy Dotrice as Philosopher/Cardinal Bellarimo/Puppet Master
Jeannie Elias as Young Cosimo
Jill Gascoine as Signora Sarti/Carnival Woman
Stacy Keach as Galileo Galilei
Peter Lavin as Major Domo/Andrea
Robert Machray as 1st Senator/Astronomer Clavius/Vanni
Christopher Neame as Chancellor/Cardinal Barberini/Pope
Moira Quirk as Young Andrea
Darren Richardson as Little Monk/Fulganzio
Alan Shearman as 2nd Senator/Federzoni
Simon Templeman as Sagredo/Cardinal Inquisitor
Joanne Whalley as Virginia
Matthew Wolf as Ludovico/1st Monk

Original music by Mark Holden and Samuel Barbour.

Includes an interview with Dr. E.C. Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in October of 2007.

The Life of Galileo is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

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Bertolt Brecht, new translation by David Hare


Neil Dickson, Roy Dotrice, Jeannie Elias, Jill Gascoine, Stacy Keach, Peter Lavin, Robert Machray, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, Darren Richardson, Alan Shearman, Simon Templeman, Joanne Whalley, Matthew Wolf

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