Winner! 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Play
A fresco similar to The Lamentation by Giotto that will revolutionize Western Art if proved to pre date the master's work is unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. The discovery causes a dramatic struggle as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion, and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve refugees sets events spiralling toward an explosive climax. This powerful play by the Tony Award winning adaptor of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.
"One of those rare works that makes you want to climb on to roof tops to shout about its merits...Funny, frightening and deeply moving." - Daily Telegraph
"Cuts to the heart in a smashing ideological epic." - The New York Times
"Pentecost is a play of politics and ideas...Be prepared to have your political preconceptions kicked in the knee." - The Los Angeles Times
"Never boring." - The New York Times
"This is the meatiest new drama I have seen since Stoppard's Arcadia, which is, come to think of it, the only new play I have seen in the past decade whose rigor and historical depth meaningfully compare with Pentecost's." - Jonathan Kalb, The Village Voice
Pentecost was first presented at Other Place in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK, on October 12, 1994.