The First Modern Man

19th Feb – 2nd Mar 2019— Tues to Sat 7.30pm and Sat matinee at 3pm. £12/10 & matinees are £10/8

As a civilized sixteenth-century French aristocrat, you could live in cultured seclusion in your chateau.  You try it; it’s not for you. Your mind’s too full of stuff. You write down all those buzzing ideas:  sex, thumbs, cannibals…  You oppose colonialist brutality (before the British got going with their empire); decry judicial torture (when it was standard practice);  argue that persecuted ‘witches’ are innocent victims (when most saw them as worshippers of Satan); negotiate with kings during bloody civil wars;  somehow get elected as mayor of Bordeaux while travelling; defend yourself against forces of the Inquisition; become the father of ‘world’ music – and love your cat. Your contemporaries think you are odd (but Shakespeare likes you; so does Derren Brown).  And, by recording – as no-one before – the details of your life in witty, clever essays, you showed us how to be the heroes of our own modern lives – and became the ancestor of every article or blog which moans about the school run, love gone wrong, or just life…  Come and visit Michel de Montaigne.

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Over 18’s only, limited access for people with disabilities, no admittance for latecomers.

Hen & Chickens Theatre

109 St Paul’s Road

London N1 2NA