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A new play commissioned by the Ealing Autumn Festival. In 1941, fleeing from the Nazis, radical left-wing German playwright, Bertolt Brecht, found himself in Hollywood where he met the British movie star Charles Laughton.


Orbits imagines their working relationship as they collaborated for three intense, creative years on the translation of Das Leben des Galilei (The Life of Galileo) for its American premiere.


The premiere was directed by Joseph Losey with Laughton playing Galileo.  It took place in 1947 against a background of the bombing of Hiroshima and increasing anti-communist paranoia.


There will be Open discussion after each performance with playwright, Wally Sewell, and director, Anthony Shrubsall of OPEN Ealing.


Family friendly event suitable for 14+

a new play by Wally Sewell




Tuesday 14 October, Wednesday 15 October,

Friday 17 October, 7.30pm



Thursday 16 October, 3pm


Length: approx. 2 hours


The Drayton Court,

2 The Avenue,

London, W13 8PH

How to get there

West Ealing Station National Rail: 10 minute journey on

Heathrow Connect service from Paddington

Ealing Broadway Underground: Central and District Lines

Buses: E1, E2, E3, E8, E11, 83, 207, 427

Tickets ON SALE NOW!

£10 (standard)

£8 (students, over 60s)

The Sun


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