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55 Days

March 6, 2013

Howard Davies’ play “55 Days” dramatises the split in Divinity in England when the divinely anointed Charles Stewart battles the divinely informed Oliver Cromwell. A split which brought about the establishment in 1648 of the supreme power of Parliament and freedom for WE THE PEOPLE within the English Constitutional monarchy. 

The choice to present Charles Stewart alone in his 1648 style of costume surrounded by the modern dress of the men of Parliament in a modern set brilliantly stages the action. It is a play which sets one’s mind into a frenzy of thought about the very nature of our democracy and the implications of the will of God as interpreted through these two men. It is the background not only to English democracy but to democracy throughout the English speaking world. Fascinating.

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