Say to the court, it glows And shines like rotten wood
Winchester Great Hall
17 November, 1603
The air is alive with the silence of a thousand expectant eyes. Ralegh enters, slowly, walking with a cane, neither proud nor defiant, concealing a limp with a studied control.
Ralegh bows to the bench. Then to the jury. The charge is read.
So begins the trial of the best hated person in England. A trial that changed history.
Ralegh: The Treason Trial is an immersive, verbatim account of what played out on that extraordinary November morning, compiled and edited from sources present at the trial itself.
This new work will premiere in Winchester Great Hall, the location of the original trial 415 years ago, before a limited run in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Ralegh: The Treason Trial will be set in the arena of today’s political judicial system. As such we will be abandoning the doublets and ruffs of the early 17th century in favour of the lanyards and bureaucratic dress of the modern day corridors of power.