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ABOUT THE GRAND INQUISITOR BY FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

In a version by Peter Duffy, based on a Translation by Helena P. (Madame) Blavatsky. Fri 17, Sat 18 and Mon 20 Nov at 8pm | Sat 25 Nov at 5pm The story is from the fifth chapter of Dostoyevsky’s great Russian novel The Brothers Karamazov. A classic of world literature, where Ivan (an atheist and one of the brothers) questions the possibility of a personal and benevolent God to his brother and novice monk Alyosha. To explain and prove his case he tells the story (he calls it a poem) of “The Grand Inquisitor.”

In sixteenth century Seville Christ comes back to earth at the time of The Inquisition. The result is a fascinating exploration of philosophical, political, religious and ethical questions. Is free will and universal happiness incompatible ? Is the provision of material comfort and security more important than dependence on “faith”, even if it means degrees of totalitarianism and control ? Is unconditional love greater than everything else ? What is the story’s relevance to present day Ireland, Europe and the world?

The piece concentrates on the Inquisitor’s visit and interrogation of Jesus in his jail cell.

Running time 50 min approx, no interval


  • ADMISSION

  • €14.00 | €16.00

  • DATES

  • Mon, Nov 20 | 20:00
    Sat, Nov 25 | 17:00

Smock Alley Theatre
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Dublin 8
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