Tuesday 22 March 1988 to Saturday 26 March 1988 (5 performances)
at Hampton Court Theatre, Hampton Court House, Surrey, United Kingdom
Inherit The Wind is not history. The events whcih took place in Dayton, Tennessee during the scorching July of 1925 are clearly the genesis of this play. It has, however, an exodus entirely its own.
Only a handful of phrases have been taken from the actual transcript of the famous Scopes trail. Some of the characters of the play are related to the colourful figures in that battle of giants; but they have life and language of their own - and therefore names of their own.
The greatest reporters and historians of the century have written millions of words about the 'monkey trial'. We are indebted to them for their brilliant reportage. And we are grateful to the late Arthur Garfield Hays, who recounted to us much of the unwritten vividness of the Dayton adventure from his own memory and experience.
The collision of Bryan and Darrow at Dayton was dramatic, but it was not a drama. Moreover the issues of their conflict have acquired new dimensions and meaning in the years since they clashed at the Rhea County Courthouse. So Inherit The Wind does not pretend to be journalism. It is theatre. It is not 1925. We set the time and place 'Summer. a small town, not too long ago.' It might have been yesterday. It could be tomorrow!Inherit The Wind
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee
The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus. The chief gladiators were two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was the freedom of every American.
One of the most moving and meaningful plays of our generation.