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Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

 



A play set in 1647 England that follows a number of revolutionaries dreaming of a new era and looks at themes of power, politics, and revolution.

The Off-Broadway production of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire closed June 3, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

From the producers: In the aftermath of a bloody and brutal civil war, England stands at a crossroads as food shortages, economic instability and a corrupt political system threaten to plunge the country into darkness and despair. The Parliament men who fought against the tyranny of the king now argue for stability and compromise, but the people are hungry for change. For a brief moment, a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and dissenters dare to imagine an age of hope, a new Jerusalem in which freedom will be restored to the land.

Author Caryl Churchill's plays include "Top Girls," "Serious Money," "Cloud 9," "Fen," "Love and Information" and "Far Way," among many others. Her 1976 play "Light Shining In Buckinghamshire" focuses on the Civil War Putney Debates of 1647, when members of England's New Model Army tried to thrash out a constitution. The play received an acclaimed revival at London's National Theatre in 2015.

Three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin ("The Great Comet") directs a cast that features Vinie Burrows, Rob Campbell, Matthew Jeffers, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Gregg Mozgala and Evelyn Spahr.


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