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January 21, 2013

The Great Charter Play

The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta to be brought to the stage in ‘The Great Charter’ being written by playwright Steve Hawes

A play about events that led to the most significant constitutional document ever drafted, according to Lord Denning, The Great Charter, has been commissioned in support of the official commemoration of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary in 2015.

Playwright Steve Hawes has been commissioned to write the play by Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Magna Carta Trust, and entertainment entrepreneur David Nicholas Wilkinson.  Entitled The Great Charter, it is intended that the play will be presented to audiences in London’s West End as well as many of the Magna Carta towns such as Canterbury, Bury St Edmunds, Lincoln, Oxford, Salisbury and Windsor/Runnymede.  The play may also travel to Broadway since the American Constitution echoes the Magna Carta. The American Bar Association erected a monument at Runnymede in the 1950s in recognition of its place at the very foundation of the US Constitution of 1787.

The Great Charter will be based upon the dramatic events running up to the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John and is being produced through Sir Robert Worcester and David Wilkinson’s production company, Allington Productions.

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