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The life of galileo

Bertolt Brecht’s masterful depiction of Galileo’s ‘heretical’ struggle to overturn the prevailing orthodoxy will be performed, in a translation by David Hare, at Oxford Playhouse on 27 to 31 March.

In its portrayal of conflict between dogma and science, the play speaks forcefully to our present ‘post-truth’ era in which ideology is increasingly favoured over facts and expert opinion is denigrated. Galileo’s astronomical discoveries are dismissed as ‘fake news’ by those who prefer comforting received wisdom to the evidence of their own eyes. The play also conveys the thrill of discovering the majesty of the cosmos.