The Two Popes

by Anthony McCarten
Royal & Derngate (Summer 2019 and 2022 London transfer and UK Tour)

Adapted into the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated screenplay The Two Popes

Anton Lesser
Faith Alabi
Nicholas Woodeson
Lynsey Beaucamp

Composer: Anne Dudley
Designer: Jonathan Fensom
Lighting: Charles Balfour 
Sound: David Gregory 
Video: Duncan McLean 
Associate Director: Sarah Stacey 
Casting: Annelie Powell and Stuart Burt
Production Photographs: Manuel Harlan

★★★★ “Directed with exemplary clarity by James Dacre and stirringly acted” The Guardian

★★★★ “At a time of succession in the Royal Family, McCarten’s absorbing new play about Popes Benedict and Francis is poignantly apposite” Daily Mail 

★★★★ “A rhapsodically intense response to an ecclesiastical crisis” The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “a gift for creating intimate dramas” The Sunday Times

★★★★ “Lesser and Woodeson are, quite simply, divine” WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ “A very timely, masterly and unmissable piece of work” Reviews Hub

★★★★ “Towering performances here from both actors in an enthralling production” WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “Absorbing new play” The Daily Mail

★★★★  “James Dacre directs with finesse” The Stage
★★★★  “Funny, poignant and surprising” Daily Express
★★★★ “James Dacre directs with an assured hand” Daily Mirror 
★★★★  “Compassionate and intelligent” Mail on Sunday
★★★★ “Dazzles with wit and pathos, the men vividly brought to life” The Arts Desk 
★★★★ “McCarten’s dialogue is as sharp as a razor blade and Lesser and Woodeson know exactly how to spin off each other to spellbinding effect.” Sardines 
★★★★ “thoughtful and witty, deftly combining solemnity with fun” Broadway World 
★★★★ “Compelling” Time & Leisure
★★★★ “The performances are subtle yet emotional” Official London Theatre
★★★★★ “Witty and clever, full of angst and tension… this production has quality running through its veins… a wonderful collaboration” British Theatre Guide