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The Two Popes

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The Two Popes

From the writer of the Academy Award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything comes the play that sparked a major motion picture.

Nine years ago, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by resigning, the first Pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this archconservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a former tango club bouncer and football-loving reformer with the common touch, to become Pope Francis?

Starring Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, The Crown, Endeavour) and Nicholas Woodeson (Baptiste, The Death of Stalin, The Danish Girl) this gripping and entertaining new play from Anthony McCarten premiered at Royal & Derngate, Northampton in 2019 and was adapted into the multi-award-winning film for which McCarten was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards.

Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho) with original music by Grammy and BRIT Award-winning composer Anne Dudley.

The Two Popes is a fascinating and humorous story that shines a light into one of the world’s most secretive institutions. At its heart lies a timeless question: in moments of crisis, should we follow the rules or our conscience?

★★★★ 'Lesser and Woodeson are, quite simply, divine. A double-headed acting masterclass.' - WhatsOnStage
★★★★ 'Directed with exemplary clarity by James Dacre' - Guardian
★★★★ 'Rhapsodically intense' - Telegraph

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2hrs 25mins, incl. interval

Suitable For Children

All ages welcome


9 – 23 September 2022

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24-26 High St, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HL

- Rose Theatre