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A Man For All Seasons

Robert Bolt

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3f, 10m

A historical drama based on the life of Sir Thomas More, Chancellor to Henry VIII.

A Man For All Seasons

by  Robert Bolt

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 10m
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • WINNER! 1962 Tony Award for Best Play
Description
This tragic historical drama offers a brilliant portrait of Sir Thomas More in his last years as Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of Henry VIII. When Henry fails to obtain papal approval for a divorce from Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn, he mandates his subjects to sign an “Act of Supremacy” making him both spiritual and temporal leader of England. Sir Thomas cannot in good conscience comply. Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey, his family, and the King himself are all unable to convince More otherwise, as he maintains his integrity and belief in silence. Ultimately accused of high treason, this very silence leads the man to his execution, and later his canonization in 1935.

History

A Man for All Seasons premiered at the Globe Theatre in London in July 1960 under the direction of Noel Willman.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Setting: Several locations in 16th Century England
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3f, 10m
Cast Attributes
THE COMMON MAN
SIR THOMAS MORE
MASTER RICHARD RICH
THE DUKE OF NORFOLK - Earl Marshall of England
LADY ALICE MORE - Sir Thomas' wife
LADY MARGARET MORE - Sir Thomas' daughter
CARDINAL WOLSEY
THOMAS CROMWELL
SIGNOR CHAPUYS - the Spanish Ambassador
WILLIAM ROPER
KING HENRY THE EIGHTH
A WOMAN
THOMAS CRANMER - Archbishop of Canterbury

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