The Two Popes is a fascinating and humorous story that shines a light into one of the world’s most secretive institutions. At its heart lies a timeless question: in moments of crisis, should we follow the rules or our conscience?
From the writer of the Academy Award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything comes the play that sparked a major motion picture.
Nine years ago, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by resigning, the first Pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this archconservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a former tango club bouncer and football-loving reformer with the common touch, to become Pope Francis?
Starring Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, The Crown, Endeavour) and Nicholas Woodeson (Baptiste, The Death of Stalin, The Danish Girl) this gripping and entertaining new play from Anthony McCarten premiered at Royal & Derngate, Northampton in 2019 and was adapted into the multi-award-winning film for which McCarten was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards.
Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho) with original music by Grammy and BRIT Award-winning composer Anne Dudley. The Two Popes is a fascinating and humorous story that shines a light into one of the world’s most secretive institutions. At its heart lies a timeless question: in moments of crisis, should we follow the rules or our conscience?
You can book from the 9th to the 23rd of September 2022
Running time: 2hrs 5mins, incl. interval
Age guidance: All ages welcome
Venue Information: Rose Theatre Kingston
Nearest Train Station:
Kingston Station: South West Trains, 28mins from Waterloo, then 10mins stroll through Kingston town centre to the theatre (directions available from walkit.com).
Surbiton Station: South West Trains, 16mins from Waterloo, then 10mins bus ride (465, 281, 71, K2, K3 from outside Waitrose, bus stop NC) or a short taxi ride to the theatre. Our area is serviced by hybrid car company Green Tomato Cars, who aim to reduce their environmental impact.
The following routes serve the town centre: K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, X26, 57, 65, 71, 85, 111, 131, 213, 216, 281, 285, 371, 406, 411, 418, 465, 481. For detailed bus information for Kingston visit TFL Buses or Kingston Bus Route Map.