Hanging Hooke

A solo play about Robert Hooke. 

Christopher Wren loved him. Isaac Newton loathed him. Robert Hooke (1635 - 1703) was an ingenious artist, engineer, architect and scientist. As Curator of Experiment for The Royal Society, he poured out a stream of brilliant concepts: universal gravity, evolution of the species and atomic theory - even anticipating the modern wave theory. As an architect, he played a prominent role in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire, including the construction of the Dome of St Paul's, various City churches and the Monument.

Yet after his death, England’s Leonardo was written out of History; even his portrait mysteriously disappeared.

Then in 2006, a three hundred year old manuscript was accidentally discovered in a cupboard in a country house in Hampshire!

This tale of intrigue and betrayal explores the captivating 17th Century world of new science and discovery.

“This is the most wonderful piece of new writing I have seen in years” - PLAYS INTERNATIONAL

“A tremendously dynamic, energized performance...Rush out and get tickets now!” - DAILY INFO, OXFORD

“An inspired performance to complement some exceptional writing…I would urge everyone to see this play: it is an education as well as an entertainment, exquisitely written and performed, and a tribute to the man who inspired it all” - BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

Presented by Take the Space 
Written by Siobhán Nicholas 
Performed by Chris Barnes

Originally with research support from the Royal Society, Hanging Hooke was a co-production with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Previous tours have included performances at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Rose in Kingston, Ustinov at Bath Theatre Royal, BT at Oxford Playhouse and The Royal Society itself.

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