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Heresy - Tabard Theatre


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HERESY, a new play from Tilo Ulbricht, produced by Questioning Productions, receives its world premiere at the Tabard Theatre, where it runs from March 6 (previews from March 4) to March 22, 2014.

The Spanish Inquisition is at its height. Two men, both searching for meaning in their lives, but whose paths have led them in different directions – one to the Church, the other to the Cathars, and both with the same woman in their hearts.

Five years later in Granada the extraordinary happens. Three strangers have appeared whose presence touches all whom they encounter, and a new Inquisitor General has been appointed. A meeting that will challenge belief to its core.

Heresy is a play inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor, a parable within his masterpiece The Brothers Karamazov, wherein the Russian author imagines that Jesus suddenly reappears in the midst of the Inquisition in 16th century Spain. The play enters into ethical debates of God, free will and morality and is a spiritual drama of moral struggles.

A local Chiswick resident, Tilo Ulbricht is a playwright, poet, translator and editor. As well as his own poems, he has translated many of German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, and is editor for Parabola magazine.

Heresy, which was staged as a rehearsed reading at the Arcola in July 2013, is directed by Daniel Zappi and Rachael Maya.

Tickets: £16/£14 – available from the box office on 020 8995 6035 or online at

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm.

The world premiere of a new adaptation of Laurence Sterne’s bawdy anti-novel, Tristram Shandy: Gentleman, continues at the Tabard Theatre until March 1, 2014.