Jonathan Kent directs Emperor and Galilean by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Ben Power.
Charting the true odyssey of an astonishing man, Julian, as he struggles to find spiritual fulfillment and political pre-eminence, Ibsen's lost masterpiece sweeps across Greece and the Middle East from AD351, covering 12 crucial years in the history of civilization. Made Emperor, Julian attempts to abolish Christianity and restore the old gods. But met with fierce resistance, this great free-thinker becomes a tyrant more hated than his brutal predecessor Constantius. And in arousing the Christians from their apathy he advances their cause, his life and death altering the course of history in stark opposition to his intent.
Ibsen's magnificent farewell to epic drama tackles faith head on. A cast of 50 will perform this new version, creating a cathedral of sound and ritual.