Arguably Brecht's greatest play, A Life of Galileo charts the
seventeenth century scientist's extraordinary fight with the church
over his assertion that the earth orbits the sun. The figure of
Galileo, whose 'heretical' discoveries about the solar system
brought him to the attention of the Inquisition, is one of Brecht's
more human and complex creations. Temporarily silenced by the
Inquisition's threat of torture, and forced to abjure his theories
publicly, Galileo continues to work in private, eventually
smuggling his work out of the country. Brecht's beautiful depiction
of the explosive struggle between scientific discovery and
religious fundamentalism is captured masterfully in this new
translation by RSC writer-in-residence, Mark Ravenhill.
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