Colin Wilson: The Death of God and other plays (2128 words)


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Colin Wilson wrote his play The Death of God in 1956-57 in response to a request from George Devine (1910-66), the director of the English Stage Company (founded 1955) at the Royal Court Theatre in London, which staged such plays as Look Back in Anger (1956) by John Osborne (1929-94) and Roots (1958) by Sir Arnold Wesker (b. 1932). Wilson’s play was rejected and has never been performed, but was eventually published in 2008.

The Death of God is a three-act play set in a monastery in the Carpathian mountains around the year 2100. It main theme is the unsuccessful attempt of a future Christian church to enlarge its spiritual power through an alliance with worldly power. A war is taking place between t…

Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "The Death of God and other plays". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 March 2015 [, accessed 21 January 2021.]

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