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Becket or The Honour of God

Jean Anouilh

Anouilh’s play is about the confrontation between Thomas Becket and King Henry II that arose when the king appointed his inseparable friend and drinking buddy to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury. The play’s dialogue raises several questions that have to be resolved on stage. Where does the boundary lie between personal and ideological disagreements? Does one’s position obligate and if so, then how? How does a person’s occupation change oneself? What is more important, friendship or the principles and obligations that come with one’s position? The question of the honour of God can also be very different from the viewpoint of the king and of the church.

The opposition between the Norman conquerors and the subjected Saxon peasants is reflected in the story of King Henry and Archbishop Becket as a question of moral choice: ascending to a high-ranking position among the conquerors as collaborationism or as a chance to work for the good of the people. How can one remember one’s lineage while at the same time overcoming it?

 Premiere on 14 June 2016 at Tallinn’s Church of St. Catherine.

Director Priit Pedajas
Design Riina Degtjarenko

Thomas Becket – Indrek Sammul, King Henry II – Robert Annus, cast in other roles: Tiit Sukk, Taavi Teplenkov, Britta Soll, Jüri Tiidus, Markus Luik, Christopher Rajaveer, Karmo Nigula, Laine Mägi, Marta Laan, Liisa Saaremäel.

Dates Start time Kirjeldus Stage
07.06.201719:00Katariina kirikus
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27.08.201719:00Katariina kirikus
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