The Wind of Heaven

The Wind of Heaven

“Is something coming to us that for two thousand years the tear-stained blood-sick world has been waiting for?”


Dilys Parry lives in Blestin, a Welsh mountain village which has no children and worships no god since a disaster snatched away all its youth.

Inconsolable since her husband died in the Crimean War, Dilys is gradually re-awakened to life when a prophet-like child working in her household is called by God to serve the world.

In the wake of vast social inequality and a mismanaged war, one small community rediscovers its lost faith, with startling consequences for the village, and the world beyond…

A parable about healing the wounds inflicted by a national trauma, The Wind of Heaven was first produced in the West End in April 1945, just three weeks before the end of the Second World War in Europe, starring Emlyn Williams himself. It now receives its first London production in nearly 75 years at the Finborough Theatre, well known for its recent rediscoveries of Emlyn Williams’ work, including the multi-award-winning Accolade.

Critic reviews

A bewitching tale of faith and guilt

The Guardian

A welcome, if strange, Emlyn Williams rediscovery

The Arts Desk

Confident if sedate revival of a play that imagines the Second Coming in a Welsh village

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 26 Nov - Sat 21 Dec, 3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 25 mins


118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED London, UK · Get Directions
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