The Trials of Galileo


Galileo never understood his differences with the Church. When he finally came to realise it the reason, it was too late.


£15 / £12 Concs

Sat 9 July 2022, 6:45pm
Sun 10 July 2022, 6pm
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Running Time: 70min no interval

Suitable for Adults & Aged 12+

"'Proof' denies faith, and without faith we are nothing. The universe is a divine miracle, Galileo, not a clockwork toy." Pope Urban (1624) 

In this reprimand by Pope Urban is Galileo's tragedy, a mistaken belief that if he supplied the church with proof, he would enlighten the world while escaping persecution. 

1610: Galileo looks up to the Heavens, and through his telescope finds incontrovertible proof that the planets revolve around the sun, in direct opposition to the teaching of the Church, that the Earth is the centre of the Universe. 

1634: Galileo is ordered to stand trial before the Grand Inquisitor on charges of heresy. 

Galileo never understood his differences with the Church were not about reason, logic, and scientific fact. They were about politics. When he finally came to realise this, it was too late. 

Written by Emmy Award Winner Nic Young, Tim Hardy has toured the Trials of Galileo throughout the UK, America, Malta, and  Spain and had a sold out critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh  Fringe. He will soon be seen in “Dangerous Liaisons” for Starz


“it is as soul-breakingly bitter as it is heartbreakingly humorous.” 

★★★★★ Three Weeks 

“From the moment that Hardy delivers the first line we know we are in the hands of a consummate performer.” 

★★★★★ Fringe Review 

“Tim Hardy gives us a brilliantly persuasive performance.. I found this an inspiring piece of theatre” 


“The superb Tim Hardy triumphs as Galileo. His acting is outstanding in a spellbinding story…” 



The Rotunda Theatre

@ Bishop's Barn,

Silver Street, 

Wells BA5 1US

Creatives, Cast & Crew

Starring Tim Hardy

Written and directed by Nic Young

Presented by 

Hint of Lime Productions