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The Two Popes

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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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, Pop Benedict XVI stunned the world  by resigning, the first Pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this arch conservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a one-time tango club bouncer, football-loving reformer with the common touch to become Pope Francis, one of the most powerful men on earth?

Starring Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, The Crown, Endeavour) and Nicholas Woodeson (Baptiste, The Death of Stalin, The Danish Girl) this gripping and entertaining play by 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. It now returns to Royal & Derngate as part of a major new tour.

Directed by Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominee for Our Lady of Kibeho) with the original music by Grammy and BRIT Award- winning composer Anne Dudley.

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


October 11
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Royal and Derngate
01604 624811
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Royal and Derngate Theatre
19-21 Guildhall Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1DP + Google Map