'We are not just trying a tyrant, we are inventing a country. We are in an unknown region, floating on nothing, trying to think thoughts never thought before...'
December 1648. The army has occupied London.
Parliament votes not to put the imprisoned King Charels I (played by Mark Gatiss) on trial, so the army moves against Westminster and the only military coup in English history takes place. But the army leadership remains divided: Cromwell would prefer a compromise with the King, but the King will not compromise.
A new nation must therefore be forged…and over 55 days, an entirely new world is created. In these dangerous and dramatic times, in a country exhausted by Civil War, the great men of the day were trying to think the unthinkable: to create a country without a king.
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18 October - 24 November 2012
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU
Daniel Flynn - Generel Ireton
Matthew Flynn - Thomas Harrison
Mark Gatiss - King Charles I
Richard Henders - Robert Hammond
John Mackay - Speaker Lenthal
Jordan Mifsud - 1st Trooper/Axtell
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor = John Cooke/LordGrey/Prynne
Jem Wall - 3rd Trooper/Colonel Pride/Priest
Director - Howard Davies
Writer - Howard Brenton
Designer - Ashley Martin Davis
Lighting Designer - Rick Fisher
Composer - Dominic Muldowney
Sound Designer - Paul Groothuis
Casting - Gemma Hancock and Sam Stevenson