Thomas Tallis
by Jessica Swale
15th - 23rd November 2019
~ Directed by Hannah Leonard ~

A portrait of the life of one of Britain's most successful composers set against the tumultuous political backdrop of the renaissance. Living under four monarchs, each with radically differing views on the Church, Tallis was forced to adapt his compositions to suit their religious demands, but at what cost? In Swale's vividly imagined play, we follow the contrasting fates of Tallis and a young priest, from the dissolution of the monasteries through Mary's bloody reign, via encounters with a young Elizabeth and the mysterious Dr Dee, to their dramatic conclusion. With creativity, duty and morality all at odds, he must find a way to continue to compose.

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