TitleThe Life of Galileo
AuthorBrecht, Bertolt
VenueOlivier Theatre, National Theatre
Performance TypeFirst Production
CompanyNational Theatre; 1963-
Opening Night8/8/1980
Press Night8/13/1980
Closing Night10/13/1981
Performance Length3 hours, 20 minutes (including two intervals)
AwardsDrama Critics' Award, Best Performance by an Actor (Michael Bryant)
Olivier nominations for Director of the Year (John Dexter), Actor of the Year in a Revival (Michael Gambon)
Number of Performances82
Performer Roles
ROLE123813Oates; RobertThe Speaker
ROLE123814Gambon; Sir; MichaelGalileo Galilei
ROLE123816Bryceland; YvonneSignora Sarti
ROLE123817Cooper; ElliottLudovico Marsili
ROLE123818Cruickshank; AndrewSignor Priuli, the Bursar
ROLE123819Selby; NicholasSagredo
ROLE123820Rutherford; NormanThe Doge of Venice
ROLE123822Cadell; SelinaVirginia, Galileo's daughter
ROLE123823Norton; TimCosimo de' Medici (as a boy)
ROLE123824Bennett; EdmondCourt Chamberlain
ROLE123825Whiting; GordonTheologian / Clerk
ROLE123826Thorndike; DanielPhilosopher
ROLE123827Beint; Michael Mathematician / Filippo Mucius
ROLE123828Hayes; JamesFederzoni
ROLE123829Marshall; PeggyLady in Waiting
ROLE123830Stanford; JillYounger Lady in Waiting
ROLE123831Morris; ArtroFat Prelate
ROLE123832Gartland; RogerFirst Astronomer / Cosimo de Medici
ROLE123833Needham; PeterSecond Astronomer / Singor Mincio, an official
ROLE123834Howard; RobertPhilosopher / High Official
ROLE123835Bellairs; NigelMonk / Senator / Monk on Guard
ROLE123836Norton; AdamThin Monk
ROLE123837Williams; GlennScholar / Frontier Guard
ROLE123838Lomax; HarryVery old Cardinal
ROLE123839Ralph; RobertThe Cardinal's Monk
ROLE123840Kent; Brian (-1985)Father Christopher Clavius
ROLE123841Stone; DavidThird Boy
ROLE123842Brenner; MarcSecond Boy (Giuseppe) / Andrea Sarti (as a boy)
ROLE123843Stafford; AdamFirst Boy
ROLE123844Mackintosh; KennethSignor Vanni
ROLE123845Sleigh; WilliamAn Individual / Understudy: Count Chamberlain
ROLE123846Fehr; SandraThe Ballad Singer's Wife
ROLE123847Land; PeterThe Ballad Singer
ROLE123848Thomas; MichaelAndrea Sarti (as a young man)
ROLE123849Moore; StephenThe Cardinal Inquisitor
ROLE123850Dignam; MarkCardinal Bellarmin
ROLE123851Henson; Basil (-19 Dec 1990)Cardinal Barberini (Pope Urban VIII)
ROLE123852Bedford; MelvynSecond Secretary
ROLE123853Dawson; PeterFirst secretary
ROLE123854Harding; PeterDoor Keeper
ROLE123855Callow; Simon (1949-)Fulganzio, the Little Monk
ROLE141821Diab; TerrySupporting Cast
ROLE141822Evers; JaneSupporting Cast
ROLE141823Fenner; MichaelSupporting Cast
ROLE124416Whiteside; JanetSupporting Cast
ROLE141824Rooney; StephenSupporting Cast
ROLE141825Middleton; MichelleSupporting Cast
ROLE123812East; JohnMusic Director
ROLE121883Findon; AndrewFlute
ROLE122038Harle; JohnClarinet
ROLE122010Leeman; KevinPiano
Creative Roles
ROLE103319Brecht; Bertolt (1898-1956)Playwright
ROLE104621Brenton; Howard (1942-)Translator
ROLE103203Dexter; John (1925-1990)Director
ROLE118668Skaptason; StephenMen's costumes
ROLE116356Phillips; Andrew / AndyLighting
ROLE103321Eisler; HannsMusic
ROLE115774Muldowney; DominicMusic Director
ROLE106772Mackintosh; KennethStaff Director
ROLE123810Gardner; GordonVoice Coach
ROLE104743Hulley; RodgerProduction Manager
ROLE104625Rothenberg; JohnStage Manager
ROLE111227Markham; ElizabethDeputy Stage Manager
ROLE104554Bird; CatherineAssistant Stage Manager
ROLE115797Bissett; AngelaAssistant Stage Manager
ROLE115853Ware; Neville Assistant Stage Manager
ROLE115249Barnard; RobSound
ROLE123811Hartwell; PeterAssistant to the Designer
ROLE115229Radmore; PeterAssistant to the Lighting Designer
ROLE107664Taylor; MarkAssistant Production Manager
ROLE108083Dominic; ZoeProduction Photographer
ROLE141826Herbert; JocelynSettings / Costumes
RNT/PR/3/171The Life of Galileo1980Rehearsal and Production Photographs
RNT/SM/1/166The Life of Galileo1980Prompt Scripts
RNT/PP/5/91The Life of Galileo1980Rehearsal Photographs
RNT/PO/5/93The Life of Galileo1980Set Photographs
RNT/CO/1/125The Life of Galileo1980Costume Department Production Files
RNT/PP/1/3/51The Life of Galileo13 August 1980Olivier Programmes
RNT/PP/1/3/49The Life of Galileo13 August 1980Olivier Programmes
RNT/PL/3/678NT25: 1980 (The Life of Galileo)19 April 2001Platforms Audio Recordings
RNT/SM/2/4/25The Life of Galileo1980 - 1981Olivier Show Reports
RNT/PP/2/3/42The Life of Galileo13 August 1980Olivier Posters
RNT/PP/1/3/50The Life of Galileo13 August 1980Olivier Programmes
RNT/PP/2/3/43The Life of Galileo13 August 1980Olivier Posters
RNT/PR/4/1/212The Life of GalileoJune 1980 - October 1986Press Production Review Files
JH/2/35/41'Galileo - NT [National Theatre] - 1980'1980Research
JH/14/48Howard Brenton's The Life of Galileoc1987Posters
JH/5/40Model parts - 'The Life of Galileo'c1980Models
JH/5/15'The Life of Galileo'1980Models
JH/8/1The Life of Galileo1980Props
JH/9/1/22'Baal Phoenix Mother Courage Old Vic Galileo NT [National Theatre] Good Woman of Setzuan RCT [Royal Court Theatre] Oresteia NT and Delphi'c1960s-1980sAlbums
JH/6/1/21The Life of Galileoc1980Production scripts
JH/2/35/36'Galileo - action drawings'c1980Research
JH/4/63The Life of Galileo 1980Design drawings
JH/13/1Programmes - Herbert designed productions1956-1992Programmes
JH/1/38Dexter, Johnc1976-1993Indexed files
JH/9/2/6Various productions c1959-1981Productions
JH/12/2Portfolio - La Forza del Destino [The Force of Destiny] and Lulu1873-1992Portfolios and non-production artworks
JH/9/7Assorted photographs1930s-1980sPhotographic material
RNT/PO/3/1/25The Life of Galileo1980Olivier Production Office Show Files
JH/9/2/11Various productions - negatives Productions
JH/9/10National Theatre memorial exhibition photographs2004Photographic material
RNT/PR/2/2/11NT to stage Howard Brenton translation of Brecht's Galileo in Olivier18 June 1980Press Releases 1980-1989
RNT/PP/3/9/2/24dThe Life of Galileo1980Olivier Cast Lists
RNT/PP/3/9/2/24aThe Life of Galileo1980Olivier Cast Lists
RNT/PP/3/9/2/24bThe Life of Galileo1980Olivier Cast Lists
RNT/PP/3/9/2/24cThe Life of Galileo1980Olivier Cast Lists
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