Donmar Warehouse


21 May 2015 - 25 Jul 2015

£8.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

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Was it ever our choice to be the parish church of high finance?

On 15 October 2011 Occupy London makes camp outside St Paul's Cathedral. On 21 October 2011 a building that had kept open through floods, the Blitz and terrorist threats closes its doors. On 28 October City of London initiates legal action against Occupy to begin removing them from outside the Cathedral...

Steve Waters' new play is a fictional account of these events, set in the heart of a very British crisis - a crisis of conscience, a crisis of authority and a crisis of faith. Temple is a fictional account, inspired by the Occupy London movement in 2011.



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“Theatrically gripping... we watch this lonely man beset from without and within... played by the greatest actor of the day. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Impeccable direction... Beale... shifting exquisitely from coiled, disdainful tension to teary-eyed exasperation. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Steve Waters's supple, subtle new play... Russell Beale in one of his most compelling and rationally transparent performances. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Russell Beale is near his best. This dean is dryly amusing, fastidious, agonised by the choice he must make. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Takes real figures and real events and transforms them into a fictional account that plays like High Noon for senior clergy. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“In Howard Davies’s typically immaculate production, it becomes impossible not to see the dean as a tragic figure... Engrossing. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Impeccably directed by Howard Davies... Beale's performance... brings a Shakespearean depth to the vacillating self-doubt. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Spirals out from the clergy’s heated exchanges into profound and probing questions about power, leadership and moral integrity. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“A finely nuanced portrait of a man who is ravaged by doubt, yet can respond to adversity with courage, humility and wit. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Intelligent and often fascinating play undermined by a static production. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Simon Russell Beale proves his mettle for the hundredth time.. A delicate, painful, beautifully modulated performance. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Russell Beale is a marvel... His performance... makes an initially unsympathetic figure into a tragic one... Airless. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Works best as a clerical High Noon; with the Dean battling against all odds to reopen St Paul’s for the lunchtime Eucharist. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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