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Eternal Love

  • Howard Brenton
  • Full Length Play, Drama, Contemporary
  • 11M, 6F
  • ISBN: 9781848423848

A spellbinding retelling of a passionate and legendary love story.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre
A spellbinding retelling of a passionate and legendary love story.

When Abelard begins a wild affair with his brilliant student Heloise, his enemies find the perfect pretext to destroy him. Abelard is already on thin ice with the church over his contentious views and when Heloise bears his child out of wedlock, their affair becomes the scandal of the ageā€¦

Howard Brenton's play Eternal Love was first performed under the title In Extremis at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in August 2006.

This new version of the play premiered in February 2014, co-produced by English Touring Theatre and the Globe Theatre.


"Romeo and Juliet with more brains... Brenton peers into medieval mindsets with an unashamedly modern sensibility. Highly recommended."

Daily Telegraph 

"A play for today in medieval costume."


"A passionate, bracing play of ideas that has topical urgency as well as historical fascination."

Financial Times 

Premiere Production: Shakespeare's Globe, London, 2006 (as In Extremis).
  • Casting: 11M, 6F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Good role(s) for female performers

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