Two popes sit opposite each other on benches in a grand room


Tue 27 September - Sat 1 October 2022
Tickets £20-£35 *

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From the writer of the Academy Award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything, comes the play that sparked a major motion picture.

Nine years ago, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by resigning, the first Pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this archconservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a one-time tango club bouncer, football-loving reformer with the common touch to become Pope Francis, one of the most powerful men on earth?

Starring Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, The Crown, Endeavour) and Nicholas Woodeson (Baptiste, The Death of Stalin, The Danish Girl) this gripping and entertaining new play from Anthony McCarten premiered at Royal & Derngate, Northampton in 2019 and was adapted into the multi-award-winning film for which McCarten was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards. 

Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho) with original music by Grammy and BRIT Award-winning composer Anne Dudley.

The Two Popes is a fascinating and humorous story that shines a light into one of the world’s most secretive institutions. At its heart lies a timeless question: in moments of crisis, should we follow the rules or our conscience?

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes including an interval


Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm
and Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm: £20/£25/£30/£35 *

* All ticket prices include a £3 per ticket booking fee

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  • A pope in white dress holds a candle in front of a woman who holds a match
  • The two popes kneel together, one has his hand outstretched to the sky
  • The Two Popes
  • The pope outstretches his hands to the sky
  • The two popes sit in discussion on armchairs



Vox Pops

  • 'A compelling new play'

  • 'Lesser and Woodeson are, quite simply, divine'

  • 'Directed with exemplary clarity'

  • 'Rhapsodically intense'

  • 'Timely, masterly and unmissable'