Cancelling Socrates
Paperback, 88 pages ISBN: 9781839040894Publication Date:
9 Jun 2022
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 88 pages ISBN: 9781788505796Publication Date:
9 Jun 2022
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 2022

Cancelling Socrates

By Howard Brenton

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Today, Socrates is revered as the founding father of Western philosophy. But in 399 BC Athens, he was a pain in the neck.

The plague is over, democracy is (just about) restored, and everyone would like to get back to normal. How hard is it for one ageing firebrand to stop asking questions? It's time to shut him up...

Based on eyewitness accounts, Howard Brenton's Cancelling Socrates is a provocative and witty play about an uncompromising voice in dangerous times. It was premiered at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in June 2022, directed by the venue's Artistic Director Tom Littler.

'They say Pericles caught democracy from you in bed.'

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'A fascinating chamber play, an inspired combination of ancient and modern, high-flown rhetoric and gutter speech'

The Times

'A sly, smartly written new play that explores the limits of free speech and moral absolutism'

The Stage

'A cerebrally comedic look at the cryptic personality of Socrates and his ironic, deftly challenging approach to the law and life itself... a gripping and surprisingly funny play'

Broadway World

'A rich play of ideas... Brenton's script combines the ancient and modern so well that everyday profanities sit next to talk of slaves (ever so subtly ironised) and big philosophical ideas to create sparky, bathetic moments... [there are] clear, clever parallels to today... arresting and fiercely intelligent'


'Howard Brenton's [play] looks delightfully like Up Pompeii! and has plenty of smart things to say... a buzzy hive of intellectual activity, swarming with witty repartee... asking big questions about faith and existence, the individual and the state, with the lightest of touches... a resonant warning from antiquity'


'Smart and sparkily topical... a sharp interrogation of the dangers of easy certainties'

Financial Times
Paperback,88 pages ISBN: 9781839040894Publication Date:
9 Jun 2022
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,88 pages ISBN: 9781788505796Publication Date:
9 Jun 2022
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Howard Brenton:

#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
Drawing the Line
Miss Julie & Creditors
Miss Julie
Never So Good
55 Days
Eternal Love
Dances of Death
Anne Boleyn
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
The Shadow Factory
Doctor Scroggy's War
Faust: Parts I & II
Lawrence After Arabia
The Blinding Light
Berlin Bertie

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