In 1941, fleeing the Nazis, Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht arrived in America where he met English actor and Hollywood star Charles Laughton. Attracted to each other like celestial objects they embarked on translating and adapting Brecht's play Life of Galileo for its American premiere, with Laughton playing the lead, while history, in the form of the the atomic bomb and the House Un-American Activities Committee, exerted its pull.
Originally commissioned for the Ealing Autumn Festival, this production has played at the Drayton Theatre Ealing, the White Bear Theatre Kennington, Hoftheater Sigmaringen in Germany - receiving local newspaper and television coverage - Richmond School of Ideas and TAK Kolberg in Poland.
In 2017 the show was given a three week run at the Drayton Arms Theatre in Brompton, where it garnered multiple four star reviews.
★★★★ "tracks the fine line between genius and vanity" - The Stage
★★★★ "forces us to reflect on questions about the nature of scientific and dramatic truth" - Live Theatre UK
★★★★ "A must for those who desire theatre that stimulates the mind " - Everything Theatre
★★★★ "a remarkable and thought-provoking piece of theatre" - Theatre Bubble
★★★★ "gains intensity in the intimate auditorium" - Pocket Size Theatre
★★★★ “...some really funny moments...” “Very strong two person play...” Matthew Partridge – Remote Goat
★★★★ “...like a boxing match, the two characters jab punches towards each other’s beliefs, convictions and philosophies.” “...a highly enjoyable play...” Penny Culliford – Remote Goat
“...a remarkable account of a remarkable series of meetings... ...beautifully performed, I only wished I had had the chance to see the play again because I am certain it would reward repeated viewings..." Tony Palmer - film director
"A fascinating play about two great artists.” Carolin Kopplin – UK Theatre Network
“...a fine play...” “...both actors were excellent...” starcourse blog
“Truly gripping and thought provoking... ...as relevant today as it was in Germany in the 1940s or in seventeenth century Rome.” Anne Dunhill – Independent Catholic News Review