Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire,
set during the English Civil War, tells the story of the men and women
who went into battle for the soul of England. Passionate, moving and
provocative, it speaks of the revolution we never had and the legacy it
In the aftermath of the Civil War, England stands at a crossroads.
Food shortages, economic instability, and a corrupt political system
threaten to plunge the country into darkness and despair.
The Parliament men who fought against the tyranny of the King now
argue for stability and compromise, but the people are hungry for
For a brief moment, a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and
dissenters dare to imagine an age of hope, a new Jerusalem in which
freedom will be restored to the land.
Premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1976, the play was
revived at the National Theatre in 1996 and again in 2015, in a
production directed by Lyndsey Turner.