“A cracking new play… Brenton is alive to both the comic and the painful side of this so-called ‘inferno period’ and has an interpretation of it that the play renders very persuasive.” —Independent
“A fascinating glimpse into the nature of artistic creation… the play boasts Brenton’s characteristic intelligence and wit in dealing with substantial themes.” —The Stage
Abandoning theatre, living a life of squalid splendor, August Strindberg practices alchemy. In his hotel room, he attempts to make gold by finding the philosopher’s stone, the secret of creation. As his grasp on reality weakens, his first two wives visit him to bring him to his senses. But their interventions spin out of control.
For four years in fin-de-siècle Paris, Europe’s most famous playwright vanished. Most people thought he had gone insane. When he reappeared, his new plays changed theatre forever.
Howard Brenton's play The Blinding Light tells the astonishing story of August Strindberg’s “Inferno” period. It premiered at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in 2017, directed by Tom Littler.