Two Thousand Years

by  Mike Leigh

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"Absolutely terrific...though the play's analysis of the strains of religion and family life is both moving and thought provoking, Two Thousand Years also proves blissfully funny." - The Telegraph

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Two Thousand Years

by  Mike Leigh

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    5m, 3f
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    From West End

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An upper-class secular Jewish family in England is forced to face their complicated relationship with their religion (or lack thereof) when their son decides to become orthodox at the age of 28. When their daughter, a successful freelance interpreter, brings home a secular Israeli boyfriend, things are complicated even further by the family's heated discussions regarding the politics of Israel. On top of all this, the grandmother (never seen) dies, prompting a long-lost aunt to suddenly appear to shattering results.
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"Absolutely terrific...though the play's analysis of the strains of religion and family life is both moving and thought provoking, Two Thousand Years also proves blissfully funny." - The Telegraph, Read More 

"This is not simply a play about families. Leigh is also writing about the crisis of loss of faith: about a world in which people have increasingly lost their beliefs in politics, religion and social progress. This is a passionate, funny, moving and well-observed play." - The Guardian, Read More

"CRITICS PICK! For proof that American playwrights have not quite cornered the market on angsty dramas about domestic strife, check out Two Thousand Years." - The New York Times, Read More 

"It's a funny, sad and affecting play about faith and family - and the nuttiness and resilience of each." - New York Daily News, Read More 


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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century


5m, 3f
DANNY - her husband, a dentist; 53
JOSH - their son; 28
TAMMY - their daughter, freelance interpreter; 20s
JONATHAN - family friend; 40
DAVE - Rachel’s father; 78
TZACHI - Tammy’s Israeli boyfriend
MICHELLE - Rachel’s estranged sister; 40s
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Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School. He has written and directed over twenty stage plays. These include Babies Grow Old (1974), Abigail's Party (1977), Ecstasy (1979), Goose-Pimples (1981), Smelling A Rat (1988), Gree ...

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Two Thousand Years premiered at the National Theatre in London in September 2005 under the direction of Mike Leigh.

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