The Heresy of Love
By Helen Edmundson
31 July – 5 September
£17 - £43 seats
approx. 2 hours 35 minutes including interval
Bishop Santa Cruz
Archbishop Aguiar y Sejas
Please note: this production has now closed.
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'
‘Thrilling, and sometimes startlingly moving, this is a play that, like its heroine, is every bit as intelligent as it is impassioned.’
'An impressive revival of a highly intelligent play...Naomi Frederick is exceptional'
'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’
‘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’
‘Edmundson’s elegantly constructed play glimmers with quiet wit’
‘With echoes of Shakespeare, Kyd and Webster, the punning humour and empowering speeches unravel into tense tragedy.’
'This is very limber writing, combining beautifully the cadences of the formal with the humour of the colloquial'
‘This fascinating, beautifully written play’
Official London Theatre