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Author: Paul Webb

Director: Paul Miller

New Vic Workshop and Jenny King for the Touring Consortium by arrangement with Centreline Productions (UK).


On Christmas Day 1170 four knights left Henry II's household in Normandy and travelled to Canterbury. In the early evening of 29 December they murdered Thomas Becket. This remains one of the most controversial episodes in British history. The extent of Henry's complicity has never been proven.

This startling play was an acclaimed and critical triumph when it was first shown by the New Vic Workshop at the Tricycle Theatre in 1999.

Four crazy, licentious and powerful killers find themselves abandoned and alone in a country convulsed with outrage after the dramatic murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. Forced into a deadly waiting game, the fugitives find they have only the four walls of Knaresborough Castle to protect them from the wrath of the nation.

Paul Webb's darkly comic and utterly uncompromising play wrenches the lid off one of the most dramatic events in British history.

Joseph Millson Role



Autumn 2001 (national tour)


What's On Stage:reviews and tour dates

Resource Pack (includes cast interview)

Centreline Productions

Bench Theatre

Nick Moran Interview

Joy Brook Interview