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

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 cede the way for Cardinal Bergoglio – a one time tango club bouncer, football-loving reformer with the common touch – to become Pope Francis, one of most powerful men on earth?

Pope Benedict is played by Anton Lesser (Game Of Thrones, The Crown, Endeavour) and Pope Francis is played by Nicholas Woodeson (Baptiste, The Death Of Stalin, The Danish Girl) in this new play from Anthony McCarten, which premiered at Royal & Derngate in 2019 and was subsequently adapted into the award winning film for which McCarten was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

Director James Dacre (2020 Oliver Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho) collaborates with UK Theatre Award-winning designer Jonathan Fensom and BRIT and Grammy-winning composer Anne Dudley (Elle, American History X, The Full Monty) on this fascinating, gripping and often funny story of two very different men grappling with their complex pasts and uncertain futures.

From coming of age under dictatorships in Germany and Argentina, to the scandal of sexual abuse by the clergy, The Two Popes 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?

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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Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets for Main House productions may include a £2.50 building levy.

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A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies to all bookings.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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