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The Busy World is Hushed - Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE European premiere of a new play by the acclaimed American playwright Keith Bunin in his UK debut, The Busy World is Hushed, runs at the Finborough Theatre for an eight week limited season – from Friday, October 6 to Saturday, November 25, 2017.

If you take God away, the world is no less horrible.

Hannah, a widowed Minister and Bible scholar, finds her faith at odds with that of her long estranged gay son, Thomas. She has recently hired an inquisitive young writer, Brandt, to assist with her book about a newly discovered manuscript that appears to be a lost gospel, one that may predate those in the Bible itself.

As she notices the chemistry brewing between Brandt and her son, she decides to risk all on an unconventional opportunity for reconciliation that has unexpected consequences for all three of them.

Originally premiered at New York City’s Playwrights Horizons where it was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, The Busy World is Hushed examines – with wisdom, humour and insight – the contradictions we find in our faith, our families and ourselves…

Founding Artistic Director of Theatre503 and 2017 OffWestEnd Award winner, Paul Higgins returns to direct Michael James (as Thomas), Mateo Oxley (Brandt) and Kazia Pelka (Hannah) in The Busy World is Hushed.

Playwright Keith Bunin’s other plays include The Credeaux Canvas, The World Over, 10 Million Miles, Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir, Vera Laughed, The Principality of Sorrows, The King of Clocks and A Joke.

For more information or to buy tickets, call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit

The European premiere of new African-American playwright James Anthony Tyler’s Dolphins and Sharks continues at the Finborough Theatre until September 30, 2017.