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55 Days

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Title: 55 Days
Author: Brenton, Howard
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A gripping historical drama that dramatises a crucial moment of English history.

December 1648. The Army has occupied London. Parliament votes not to put the imprisoned king on trial, so the Army moves against Westminster in the first and only military coup in English history. What follows over the next fifty-five days, as Cromwell seeks to compromise with a king who will do no such thing, is nothing less than the forging of a new nation, an entirely new world.

Howard Brenton's play depicts the dangerous and dramatic days when, in a country exhausted by Civil War, a few great men attempt to think the unthinkable: to create a country without a king.


Blog Entry: Howard Brenton on the context to 55 Days: Recently I met a Frenchman in London and we fell to talking about the high drama of the climax of the French Revolution: the struggle between Danton and Robespierre. 'In this country you don't remember you also had a revolution,' he said, adding, rather waspishly, 'and you don't realise you still live with the consequences'


"This is a great costume drama (although it can also be staged in a mix of period and contemporary costumes, as with the production at Hampstead Theatre, or in modern dress) for a cast of thirteen men and two women, requiring two strong male actors for the lead roles. It is a vivid and deft debate play that truly evokes the past and brings a human scale to cataclysmic events. Howard Brenton is definitely a playwright to keep an eye on if you are interested in large-scale historical plays." - Tamara von Werthern

Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Publication date: 17/10/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781848422872
Publishing status: Active
55 Days