Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot - Presented by Scena Mundi Theatre Company

Theatre Special Event
  • Venue

    Cathedral

  • Time

    7:30 PM

  • Price

    £10.00 - £45.00

  • Book Tickets

To coincide with the 850th anniversary of the Murder of Thomas Becket

Murder in the Cathedral shows the ultimate struggle of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, an outspoken and courageous priest, gruesomely murdered for opposing the tyrannical rule of Henry II. Witness the assassination of Becket in a beautiful, immersive setting and feel his demons, the darkness and sense of doom ushered in by his quarrel with an iron-fisted monarch.

T.S. Eliot, one of the twentieth century’s most innovative poets, was fascinated by the story of Becket’s martyrdom. Written in 1935, as Fascism rose in Europe, this poetic take on the archbishop’s death has contemporary echoes and warnings for our time.

Scena Mundi’s new staging in stunning cathedral settings coincides with the 850th anniversary of the real murder of Thomas Becket and immerses audiences in a pageant of suspense, murder and passion.

SCENA MUNDI is an ensemble theatre company, much of whose previous work has been performed in churches. Their work in churches includes EVERYMAN; SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF KINGS: RICHARD II and EDWARD II at The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great; TWELFTH NIGHT at the French Protestant Church, Soho Square and THE DUCHESS OF MALFI at St. Giles in the Fields. Since directing MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL in 2014, director Cecilia Dorland has dreamed of touring it to major cathedrals and that dream is now being realised.

SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL was the last place that Thomas Becket preached before his assassination. Their links are strong with both that event and with writer T.S. Eliot. Southwark Cathedral was very keen to host the opening performances of this new and important production.

'Thomas Becket preached his final sermon in London at the Priory of St. Mary Overie, now Southwark Cathedral. It is therefore deeply appropriate that this new production of Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral will be performed at Southwark as we begin the marking of the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of this great saint. We look forward to playing our part in the remembrance of a champion of the English church and people...'

The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark.