Written on the Heart
Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848422735Publication Date:
3 Nov 2011
Size: 198mm x 130mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
RSC, Swan Theatre, Straford-upon-Avon, 2011

Written on the Heart

By David Edgar

Paperback £9.99£7.99

An enthralling historical drama about the creation of the King James Bible, commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to mark its four-hundredth anniversary.

Written on the Heart is the dramatic story of the translation of God's Word into English. For one man, this endeavour leads to death at the stake. For another, it could mean an archbishop's mitre.

After almost a century of unrest, the King James Bible was intended to end the violent upheavals of the English Reformation. But deep-seated discord forces a leading translator to confront the betrayal of his youthful religious ideals, for the sake of social peace.

David Edgar's play Written on the Heart was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 2011.

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'A scholarly, beautifully written work'

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'David Edgar has come up with a learned, information-packed and engrossing play'


'Brings the Reformation and its ideological conflicts stingingly alive'



The Stage
Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848422735Publication Date:
3 Nov 2011
Size: 198mm x 130mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by David Edgar:

Mothers Against
Daughters of the Revolution
The Shape of the Table
Maydays & Trying It On: two plays
Arthur & George (stage version)
The Master Builder
If Only
Trying It On
Playing With Fire
How Plays Work (revised and updated edition)
Testing the Echo
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (stage version)
Continental Divide
Edgar: Shorts
Maydays (2018 version)
A Christmas Carol (RSC stage version)
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Albert Speer
A Time to Keep

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