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The Heresy of Love [2015]

Written by: Helen Edmundson
Directed by: John Dove

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.


  • Designed by Michael Taylor
  • Composed by William Lyons


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