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Hanging Hooke

Saturday 14 March 2020 7.45pm

By Siobhán Nicholas and performed by Chris Barnes.

“This is the most wonderful piece of new writing I have seen in years” Plays International

“an inspired performance to complement some exceptional writing…..I would urge everyone to see this play: it is an education as well as an entertainment, exquisitely written and performed, and a tribute to the man who inspired it all” British Theatre Guide

Christopher Wren loved him. Isaac Newton loathed him. Robert Hooke {1635 - 1703} was an ingenious artist, engineer, architect and scientist. As Curator of Experiment for The Royal Society, he poured out a stream of brilliant concepts: universal gravity, evolution of the species and atomic theory - even anticipating the modern wave theory. As an architect, he played a prominent role in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire, including the construction of the Dome of St Paul's, various City churches and the Monument.

Yet after his death, England’s Leonardo was written out of History; even his portrait mysteriously disappeared.

Then in 2006, a three hundred year old manuscript was accidentally discovered in a cupboard in a country house in Hampshire!

This tale of intrigue and betrayal explores the captivating C17th world of new science and discovery. Originally with research support from the Royal Society, Hanging Hooke was a co production with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Previous tours have included performances at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Rose in Kingston, Ustinov @ Bath Theatre Royal, BT @ Oxford Playhouse and The Royal Society itself.

Ticket Prices

  • Tickets: £14.00
  • Concession: £12.00

PREMIUM seats £2.00 extra

Registered unemployed and full-time (FE/HE) students: £7.00

£1 off full price and standard concessionary tickets for ourChelmsford account holders

Group Booking discount available (One in every ten free - over the phone and in person bookings only)

Part of the Pick 'n' Mix Season Ticket offer

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