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"Even more than an immediately impressive exercise in historical drama, the play deals in the rawness of life during the Civil War and the crazy mixture of ideals and half truths which led a group of free-loving pantheistic communists to set their standard against the standard of false revolution of Cromwell's parliamentarians." - Steve Grant

LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE was first staged in 1976 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. The Guardian wrote that "the play has an austere eloquence that precisely ...

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"Even more than an immediately impressive exercise in historical drama, the play deals in the rawness of life during the Civil War and the crazy mixture of ideals and half truths which led a group of free-loving pantheistic communists to set their standard against the standard of false revolution of Cromwell's parliamentarians." - Steve Grant

LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE was first staged in 1976 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. The Guardian wrote that "the play has an austere eloquence that precisely matches its subject". It was revived at the Royal National Theatre in 1996.

Caryl Churchill, author of CLOUD NINE, TOP GIRLS and MAD FOREST, has been hailed as a "dramatist who must surely be amongst the best half-dozen now writing... a playwright of genuine audacity and assurance, able to use her considerable wit and intelligence in ways at once unusual, resonant and dramatically riveting." - Benedict Nightingale

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"Even more than an immediately impressive exercise in historical drama, the play deals in the rawness of life during the Civil War and the crazy mixture of ideals and half truths which led a group of free-loving pantheistic communists to set their standard against the standard of false revolution of Cromwell's parliamentarians." - Steve Grant

"The play has an austere eloquence that precisely matches its subject." - The Guardian

"Remarkable" - Michael Billington, The Guardian

"A play that commands one's attention and that can lead to enlightenment." - Mel Gussow, New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559361309
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


CARYL CHURCHILL's plays include "Cloud Nine" (revived in 2007 to huge acclaim at the Almeida, London), "Top Girls", "Serious Money", "The Skriker", "Blue Heart", "Far Away" and "A Number". Most are published by NHB. Caryl Churchill (1938-) is probably the most respected woman dramatist in the English-speaking world. She is the author of some twenty plays including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, The Skriker, Blue Heart, Far Away and A Number, seen and admired all over the world.
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    Posted April 18, 2001

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    Well ....when i first began reading the play i was a little confused due to lack of background knowledge of the England Kings and all- which is when i decided to begin reading the historical backgroud-so a good tip is KNOW your knowlege before hand! Overall the play got better and Churchill had great ability to raise social issues through real life poverty situatuions one good example is the scene where the women leaves her baby. This is quite a touching scene through which Churchill is attempting to show us how life of the poor was. As that 1 women represented thousands of poor people it made the audience realise how unfortunate the poor really were! The ending was appropriate and also unfortunate. The disalltuioned ones share their broken dreams and all change in their own ways! This was a good play but next time i'll remember to do my background research b4 hand! So should others if they already have not'--:-)

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