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'Heresy', by Tilo Ulbricht, inspired by Dostoevsky's 'The Grand Inquisitor'

Tue 04 March 2014 - 7.30pm - Sat 22 March 2014 - 7.30pm The Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Rd, London W4 1LW

'Heresy', by Tilo Ulbricht
Historical play in 3 Acts, inspired by Dostoevsky's 'The Grand Inquisitor'

The Tabard Theatre, March 4th- 22nd (Tue-Sat) 7:30 p.m 

'Heresy' by Tilo Ulbricht, is a play inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s ‘The Grand Inquisitor’, a parable within his masterpiece ‘The Brothers Karamazov’, wherein the Russian author imagines that Jesus suddenly reappears in the midst of the Inquisition in 16th century Spain. 

The play enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles.

'The Grand Inquisitor' was brought to the stage five years ago, at The Barbican, as well as in Paris and New York, by director Peter Brook; critics were divided about his exact replication. 

Now Tilo Ulbricht expands the story, to reveal the Inquisitor as a human being: how had he become what he was, what paths led him to where we find him now- to search the Inquisitor’s heart behind the role of persecutor in the name of his creed and feel with him by understanding him and his past.  From this attempt a more complex story began to develop, introducing the Cathars (a 12th century Christian community that lived peacefully alongside Catholics in the “Langue d’Oc”, later part of France, exterminated by the Church during the Albigensian Crusade, the first crusade by Christians against fellow Christians). Ulbricht's play supposes that a handful survived the terror and escaped to Spain (an invention of the author’s) where they continued to practice their faith in secret even at the height of the Inquisition there. As Don Domingo, the Grand Inquisitor, gradually discovers that the very people whom he loves- including the love of his youth, Dona Rosario, his beloved old university teacher, Don Felipe, and possibly even his very mother- are all Cathars regarded as heretics, a crisis of conscience builds in him. He is faced with the decision of burning at the stake those he loves in the name of the Church, because they are heretics. The play ends with a movingly compelling monologue by the Grand Inquisitor addressed at Jesus himself, who, together with his two disciples, Judas and Thomas, has been arrested by the Inquisition. As he is compelled to decide the fate of his prisoners, his own inner contradictions in the face of this situation reach an unbearable intensity, and he is a broken man.

The play was successfully brought to the stage as a rehearsed reading at The Arcola in London in July 2013. The play has a cast of 11, directed by Daniel Zappi and Rachael Maya, and is produced by Questioning Productions, a new theatre productions company based in London (

A local Chiswick resident, Tilo Ulbricht is a playwright, poet, translator and editor. As well as his own poems, he has translated many of German poet Rainer Maria Rilke's poems, and is an editor for 'Parabola' magazine. 

Tickets: £14 (concessions)/£16