Reformation, James Martin Charlton’s new play inspired by the life and art of Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach, will debut at the White Bear Theatre later this month. Time to book your tickets!
The funny, gripping and challenging new drama runs from 25 June to 14 July 2019.
Berlin. Eva learns that the celebrity artist Cranach is visiting her city. A chance meeting in the market place leads to romance with the artist’s son. Eva gets the chance to model for Cranach’s latest painting, The Rape of Lucrece. When Joachim, the all-powerful Elector of Brandenburg, sees the sketches of Eva, he wants the model. Is Cranach willing to sell the human his son loves? In an age where upsetting the powerful meant obscurity or death, what’s a poor girl like Eva to do?
Reformation is a play about those who don’t make the history books. It tells the story of a young woman who finds herself in a world where the desires of the powerful have priority. This premier production, in contemporary dress, suggests many striking contemporary resonances between Eva’s situation and #metoo.
Cranach was a German painter and printmaker known for his portraits of German princes and for his nude portraits of figures from mythology and religion. He was also a good friend of theologian Martin Luther. Among his most famous paintings are portraits of John Frederick I and his wife Sibylle of Cleves, The Martyrdom of Saint Barbara and Samson’s Fight with the Lion.
Award-winning playwright James Martin Charlton returns to the White Bear Theatre, where he previously staged I Really Must Be Getting Off and Coward. He has written more than 20 plays, among them Fat Souls and Coming Up (both staged at the Warehouse Theatre).
Reformation is staged by former Associate Director of the Mercury Theatre and Belgrade Theatre, Janice Dunn. Her credits at the Mercury include directing the world premiere of Howard Barker‘s The Europeans.
Jason Wing leads the cast as Cranach, with Alice De-Warrenne as Eva and Simeon Willis as Joachim. Ram Gupta, Imogen Smith, Adam Sabatti and Matt Ian Kelly complete the cast.
Reformation leads a summer season at The White Bear Theatre that also includes a revival of Abi Morgan‘s Splendour, journey into memory Nostalgia and new comedy Past Tents.
Reformation runs at The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ from 25 June to 14 July 2019 with performances Mondays to Saturday at 7.30pm, matinees Sundays at 4pm. Tickets are priced £15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!