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HANGING HOOKE, a solo play about Robert Hooke
On from 01 Mar 2016 till 03 Mar 2016
The Other Palace
by Sioibhán Nicholas
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £17.50 - £20

About: HANGING HOOKE, a solo play about Robert Hooke

Take the Space with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Eastbourne Theatres present this solo play about Robert Hooke, which was written by Siobhán Nicholas and is performed by Chris Barnes.

The play has toured extensively and experienced national success with performances at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Rose in Kingston and The Royal Society itself. These performances in St James Studio will mark the anniversary of Robert Hooke who died on 3rd March 1703.

Christopher Wren loved him. Isaac Newton loathed him. Robert Hooke was a fine artist, brilliant scientist, extraordinary engineer and an accomplished architect; he played a prominent part in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire, including the construction of St Paul's, the City churches, The Monument and some believe – the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Lisa Jardine described him as "the man who measured London"

As Curator of Experiment for the Royal Society, Hooke poured out a stream of visionary concepts on [amongst others] universal gravity, evolution of species and atomic theory … he even anticipated the modern wave theory.
Yet after his death, England’s Leonardo was written out of History; even his portrait mysteriously disappeared. Was this ingenious man buried by another Da Vinci plot?

Then in 2006, a three hundred year old manuscript was accidentally discovered in a cupboard in a country house in Hampshire! The auction took place in March and the writer of this play was there. At least three overseas collectors were represented that day; Bonhams expected bids to go over four million and many feared that Robert Hooke’s Folio would disappear from English history again
This tale of intrigue and betrayal explores the captivating C17th world of new science and discovery.

Cast and Creatives:
Performer: Chris Barnes
Writer: Siobhán Nicholas
Direction: The Company with Annie Castledine
Dramaturgy: Annie Castledine
Research Support: Joanna Corden of The Royal Society

Reviews

“This is the most wonderful piece of new writing
I have seen in years” Plays International

“a tremendously dynamic, energized performance...Rush out and get tickets now!” Daily Info, Oxford

“an inspired performance to complement some exceptional writing…..I would urge everyone to see this play: .... exquisitely written and performed, and a tribute to the man who inspired it all” British Theatre Guide

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