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Magna Carta play commissioned ahead of 800th anniversary
10:51am Monday 21st January 2013 in Leisure
A PLAY about events that led to the most significant constitutional document ever drafted - according to Lord Denning - has been commissioned in support of the official commemoration of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary in 2015.
Playwright Steve Hawes has been commissioned to write The Great Charter by Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Magna Carta Trust, and entertainment entrepreneur David Nicholas Wilkinson.
Entitled The Great Charter, it is intended that the play will be presented to audiences in London’s West End as well as many of the Magna Carta towns such as Canterbury, Bury St Edmunds, Lincoln, Oxford, Salisbury and Windsor (Runnymede).
Through 2013 to 2015 a whole programme of activity is taking place across the UK, highlighting the Magna Carta towns. Concerts, festivals, debates, schools competition and exhibitions at major venues such as the British Library are being produced, as well commissioned memorabilia such as a commemorative stamp and coin. A Magna Carta Day has been unanimously supported by the House of Commons.