Religion & science clash in The Trials of Galileo at Hope Theatre


RSC actor Tim Hardy brings his solo show, The Trials of Galileo, to Islington’s Hope Theatre next week following a successful tour of Malta, Spain, the Edinburgh Fringe, and America.

The drama focuses on the events surrounding Galileo’s heresy trial in 1633.

“The Universe is a divine miracle, Galileo, not a clockwork toy! ‘Proof’ denies faith, and without faith we are nothing,” declared Pope Urban.

Galileo’s tragedy was a mistaken belief that all he had to do was show the church his reasoning and the church would fall in behind him.


He understood the science better than any man alive, but never grasped the politics. Until it was too late.

The production was noticed by Icarus Theatre Collective when it thrilled audiences at the Brighton Fringe Festival, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Max Lewendel, now artistic director of Icarus, said : “We then
picked up the show after talks in the RADA cafe bar between Tim Hardy (faculty at RADA), me, his former student, and Emmy Award winning writer Nic Young”.

Hardy’s theatre credits include Henry V (RSC), Marat\Sade, Henry IV, Fiddler on the Roof, Peer Gynt, Taming of the Shrew, Waiting for Godot, Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Crucible among others.
Television credits include the title role in Galileo, Oscar Wilde, David Manners in Eastenders, Midsomer Murders.

2015 Tour dates

February 6, Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorset
February 8-14, The Hope Theatre, London
March 23, Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse
March 24, St Clare’s School, Oxford
March 26, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, N. Ireland
March 28, Wexford Opera House, Ireland
May 9, Swallow Theatre, Whithorn, Scotland
May 14, Dugdale Centre, Enfield, London

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