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A Nikos Kazantzakis Play to be Staged for the First Time in the UK

Comedy: A Tragedy in One Act will be performed for the first time in the UK at Sadler’s
Wells on 31 May 2014.

The play is being staged by the innovative emerging theatre company The Canting Crew
and has been made possible with the support of Kazantzakis Publications, Ethnos
Newspaper Group, EdmissionUK and EntertainingTV.

Kazantzakis wrote Comedy in 1909 while he was still young but it already explores some
of the challenging and original thinking that was to mark much of his later work. More
than 50 years on from his death, Kazantzakis remains a divisive figure and his religious
thought continues to resonate in the context of today’s religious debate.

The performance of the play will be followed by a round table discussion chaired by
author Dr Lewis Owens with panel guests including Kazantzakis Publications Director
Niki Stavrou, Professor of Religion Darren Middleton, Modern Greek Professor Roderick
Beaton and the play’s director Stephen Oswald.

Tickets go on sale today, 6 May 2014, and can be purchased at
www.nikoskazantzakis.org

EntertainingTV are producing a film of the play and a feature length film about the play’s
author Nikos Kazantzakis.

About The Play:
Comedy is a damning critique of Christian salvation and an exploration of the ‘abyss’ in
the wake of Nietzsche’s proclaimed ‘death of God’. The existential themes in Comedy
antedate by decades Sartre’s Huis Clos and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

As Peter Bien, Kazantzakis’ main translator, writes: “In Comedy the main theme is that
heaven does not exist. For Kazantzakis, the abyss is not hell in an ethical sense, but the
extinction that is our guaranteed end once we no longer believe in Christianity’s afterlife
of eternal bliss.”

Further information is available at http://nikoskazantzakis.org/about-the-play/
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The Canting Crew
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Kimberly Black
The Nun
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Young Woman
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