Star Wars actor Ian McDiarmid to star in A Life of Galileo in Cambridge

15:14 20 March 2014

A Life of Galileo

A Life of Galileo


Stars War actor Ian McDiarmid reprises his critically acclaimed role in the Royal Shakespeare’s Company production of Bertold Brecht’s A Life of Galileo at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday, March 31 to Saturday, April 5.

A Life of GalileoA Life of Galileo

The year is 1609 and Galileo, a brilliant Italian scientist, is about to make a discovery that will change the world. Observing the night sky using the telescope, he sees the solar system with a clarity never before experienced by astronomers and realises that the earth orbits the sun.

When Galileo’s opponents convince the Pope that these new findings pose a threat to religious dogma and may spark unrest and civil disobedience, he is denounced by the Inquisition as a heretic and forced to publicly denounce his theories.

McDiarmid’s film credits include Sleepy Hollow, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Gorky Park and Dragonslayer, but it is for his role as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Emperor Palpatine in George Lucas’ Star Wars that he is universally known.

Performances take place from Monday–Saturday at 7.45pm and on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets range from £15 to £35 and have a £2.50 booking fee.

They are available from the box office at 01223 503333 or at

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