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Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral
Your Price: $20.00 CDN
Author: T.S. Eliot
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 1976
ISBN-10: 057108611X
ISBN-13: 9780571086115

About the Play:

Murder in the Cathedral was one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

Murder in the Cathedral
is a full-length poetic drama by Nobel Prize-winner T.S. Eliot, which tells the story of the murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett by Henry II's henchmen.

The Archbishop Thomas Becket speaks fatal words before he is martyred in T.S. Eliot's best-known drama, based on the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1170. This well known drama by one of the world's greatest poets tells of the martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket who, though tempted, refuses to seize temporal control of England. Praised for its poetically masterful handling of issues of faith, politics, and the common good, T.S. Eliot's play bolstered his reputation as the most significant poet of his time.

Murder in the Cathedral, written for the Canterbury Festival on 1935, was the first high point on T.S. Eliot's dramatic achievement. It remains one of the great plays of the century. Like Greek drama, its theme and form are rooted in religion and ritual purgation and renewal, and it was this return to the earliest sources of drama that brought poetry triumphantly back to the English stage. Highly recommended for Advanced Groups.

Cast: 9 women, 10 men

About the Playwright:

T.S. Eliot was an American-English poet, playwright and literary critic, arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century. Born in St. Louis to a distinguished family who put no pressure on him to pursue "practical" things, he studied at Harvard and then Oxford before publishing The Love Song of J. Alfred Purfrock, his first masterpiece. He won the 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature, the highest honour available to any writer in the world.