John Osborne's Luther

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A new production marking the 500-year anniversary of the Wittenberg theses.

A new production marking 500 years since Martin Luther reputedly hammered his 95 theses on the door of All Saints Church, Wittenberg - starting what became known as the Reformation. With the Pope using the sale of indulgences to fund his own obsessions and works, Luther had begun to see the church as corrupt. He was excommunicated in 1521.

John Osborne's play skilfully intertwines the sacred and the profane and tries to get inside the mind of the man who started as a profound believer in the church's teachings and ended up challenging them all.

The first production of the play was at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham in 1961. It won a Tony Award in 1964.

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.