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The Two Popes

The Two Popes

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, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by resigning, the first Pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this archconservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a former tango club bouncer and football-loving reformer with the common touch, to become Pope Francis?

Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho) with original music by Grammy and BRIT Award-winning composer Anne Dudley.

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

Cast and Creatives:

Starring Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson

By Anthony McCarten

Directed by James Dacre


★★★★ 'Lesser and Woodeson are, quite simply, divine. A double-headed acting masterclass.' -WhatsOnStage
★★★★ 'Directed with exemplary clarity by James Dacre' - Guardian
★★★★ 'Rhapsodically intense' - Telegraph

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