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Reformation - White Bear Theatre

Jason Wing (Cranach), Simeon Willis (Joachim), Alice De-Warrenne (Eva). Photo credit: Max Harrison.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

REFORMATION, by James Martin Charlton, runs at the White Bear Theatre from June 24 to July 13, 2019.

Reformation is described as a funny, gripping and challenging new play inspired by the life and art of the Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach.

…one look in her eyes tells us how she has been wronged…

Berlin. Eva learns that the celebrity artist Cranach is visiting her city. A chance meeting in the market place leads to romance with the artist’s son. Eva gets the chance to model for Cranach’s latest painting, The Rape of Lucrece.

When Joachim, the all-powerful Elector of Brandenburg, sees the sketches of Eva, he wants the model. Is Cranach willing to sell the human his son loves? In an age where upsetting the powerful meant obscurity or death, what’s a poor girl like Eva to do?

Reformation is a play about those who don’t make the history books. It tells the story of a young woman who finds herself in a world where the desires of the powerful have priority. This premier production, in contemporary dress, suggests many striking contemporary resonances between Eva’s situation and #metoo.

The cast includes Jason Wing (as Cranach), Ram Gupta (Lucas), Alice De-Warrenne (Eva), Imogen Smith (Gretel), Adam Sabatti (Benno), Simeon Willis (Joachim) and Matt Ian Kelly (Albert).

Reformation is directed by Janice Dunn, an experienced theatre director who has worked extensively in the UK and Europe throughout her career. She is the former Artistic Director of the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, where she directed the premier of Howard Barker’s The Europeans.

James Martin Charlton is an award-winning playwright. His previous plays include the critically acclaimed Fat Souls and Coming Up (Warehouse, Croydon), the sell-out hit I Really Must be
Getting Off
(White Bear Theatre), and Coward (Just Some Theatre Co.).

Reformation is suitable for ages 12+.

Image: Jason Wing (Cranach), Simeon Willis (Joachim) and Alice De-Warrenne (Eva). Photo credit: Max Harrison.

Tickets: £15 (Full price), £12 (Concession). To book, visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday matinees at 4pm.

Running Time: 120 minutes.

Sophie Treadwell’s tense psychological thriller Garry continues at the White Bear Theatre until June 22, 2019.