Main House Anton Lesser, Nicholas Woodeson

The Two Popes

By Anthony McCarten; Directed by James Dacre
  • 25 - 29 October
The Two Popes

Event Information

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Weds, & Sat 2.30pm

Tue 25 — Sat 29 Oct

From the writer of the Academy Award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour, and The Theory of Everything, comes the play that sparked a major motion picture.

Nine years ago, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by resigning, the first Pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this archconservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a one-time tango club bouncer, football-loving reformer with the common touch to become Pope Francis, one of the most powerful men on earth?

Starring Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, The Crown, Endeavour) and Nicholas Woodeson (Baptiste, The Death of Stalin, The Danish Girl) this gripping and entertaining new play from Anthony McCarten premiered at Royal & Derngate, Northampton in 2019 and was adapted into the multi-award-winning film for which McCarten was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards.

Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho) with original music by Grammy and BRIT Award-winning composer Anne Dudley.
The Two Popes is a fascinating and humorous story that shines a light into one of the world’s most secretive institutions. At its heart lies a timeless question: in moments of crisis, should we follow the rules or our conscience?

★★★★ ‘A compelling new play’ Sunday Times
★★★★ ‘Lesser and Woodeson are, quite simply, divine. A double-headed acting masterclass.’ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ ‘Directed with exemplary clarity’ Guardian
★★★★ ‘Rhapsodically intense’ Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Compassionate and intelligent’ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ ‘Timely, masterly and unmissable’ Reviews Hub


25 – 29 October

Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm

Matiness Weds & Sat 2.30pm

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies

Rose Theatre in association with Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and Oxford Playhouse present A Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Anthology Theatre co-production in association with Tara Finney Productions


By Anthony McCarten; Directed by James Dacre

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