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Mexico in the UK 2015

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The Heresy of Love

By Helen Edmundson

31 July – 5 September

£5 standing
£17 - £43 seats

Running time: 
approx. 2 hours 35 minutes including interval


Directed by
John Dove

Designed by
Michael Taylor

Composed by
William Lyons


Patrick Driver
Fray Antonio

Naomi Frederick
Sor Juana

Anthony Howell
Bishop Santa Cruz

Gwyneth Keyworth

Gabrielle Lloyd
Madre Marguerita

William Mannering

Sophia Nomvete

Rhiannon Oliver
Sor Sebastiana

Ellie Piercy

Susan Porrett

Gary Shelford
Don Hernando

Phil Whitchurch
Archbishop Aguiar y Sejas 

  • Theatre/2015/The Heresy of Love

Please note: this production has now closed.

Faith should not enslave our minds but open them. Faith is an endless universe of light.

In the late 1600s, in a convent in Mexico, a gifted and progressive writer finds herself at the centre of a deadly battle between two Princes of the Church. Celebrated by the Court but silenced by the Church, she is betrayed by the very people she thought she could trust.

Inspired by the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, writer of The House of Desires, The Heresy of Love uses all the devices of Spanish Golden Age Theatre – intrigue and danger, passion and politics, comedy and tragedy – in this clash between organised religion and personal faith.

A new production of Helen Edmundson’s critically-acclaimed play.


'Powerful, moving and thought-provoking'
Sunday Express

‘Thrilling, and sometimes startlingly moving, this is a play that, like its heroine, is every bit as intelligent as it is impassioned.’
The Times 

'An impressive revival of a highly intelligent play...Naomi Frederick is exceptional'
Daily Mail 

'Juana comes fully to life in Naomi Frederick's lovely portrayal...this is a high-minded, engrossing play'
Mail on Sunday 

‘A triumph for Dromgoole’s final summer season’
Time Out 

‘It's ambitious, verbose, witty and thought-provoking, engaging both the heart and mind; and John Dove's well-paced, atmospheric production does it proud.’ 

‘John Dove’s admirably lively production’
Evening Standard 

‘Edmundson’s elegantly constructed play glimmers with quiet wit’
The Guardian

‘With echoes of Shakespeare, Kyd and Webster, the punning humour and empowering speeches unravel into tense tragedy.’ 
Culture Whisper

'This is very limber writing, combining beautifully the cadences of the formal with the humour of the colloquial'
Arts Desk 

‘This fascinating, beautifully written play’ 
 Official London Theatre 

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