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Magnificence archiveLondon, the early 70s. Poverty, homelessness, rising inequality, unemployment, industrial disputes. Five young activists squat a disused building and try to make a stand against it all. Fired up by left-wing idealism but short on pragmatism, they discover that the revolution may be a long time coming, and when the protest leads to tragedy, some of them are driven to more violent methods. Meanwhile, two Tory MPs meet for a quiet chat to pass over the reins of power. Both epic and intimate, Magnificence takes us from the grubby barracks of the revolutionary struggle, to the heart of centre-right Tory politicking, creating a panoramic vision of Britain at a pivotal moment in history. Many of its themes remain burning issues today - police brutality, drug abuse, the deceptions of professional politicians, the social housing crisis, and whether violence can ever be justified for political ends. Magnificence originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, and with a cast including Pete Postlethwaite, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Kitchen and Robert Eddison.

Author Howard Brenton.

Archive listings for Magnificence

Work type: Play.


The first full professional London production in over 40 yearsCompany Fat Git Theatre (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre). Director Josh Roche. Design Philip Lindley. Lighting Joe Price. Sound Kieran Lucas. Performer Will Bliss. Performer Tyson Douglas. Performer Tim Faulkner. Performer Joel Gillman. Performer Daisy Hughes. Performer Hayward B Morse. Performer Chris Porter. Performer Eva-Jane Willis.
25 Oct 16 to 19 Nov 16Finborough, Inner London :: V199
listing details L01305458406


Director Joe Hill-Gibbins.
9 Feb 06Royal Court - Jerwood Theatre, West End :: V411
listing details L1911716803


Company Ten in a Bed Theatre Company.
20 Oct 04 to 22 Oct 04Greenwood Theatre, Outer London :: V233524968
listing details L977024603

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