Five Eleven

The 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot fell on 5 November 2005.  Kate Glover's play chronicles the events, and poses questions to which we still seek answers four centuries later.  

  • Religious divisions: persecution of the adherents of the old Faith

  • Roman Catholic Priests hunted down and killed

  • New King promises greater toleration

  • Promises broken; persecution returns

  • Disappointed and angry young men plot overthrow of government

  • Plot betrayed; conspirators tortured and executed

  • Persecution of Roman Catholic minority sharpens



Kate Glover's lively retelling of the Gunpowder Plot.....laudable commitment to historical authenticity.....nice performances.  Time Out

Kate Glover’s dramatisation of the events leading up to the 1605 Gunpowder Plot is most successful in evoking the discomfort and frustrations out of which the conspiracy rose.  The Stage

Performances from an adaptable cast are strong and convincing...good theatre and a well-researched piece of history.


Robert Catesby, mastermind of the Plot, gives instructions.


The conspirators plan their next move


Mistress Anne Vaux and Lady Digby discuss their options.


A Roman Catholic Priest is tortured by street thugs.

© 2017ff. Kerstin Mason for Design, Photos by Val Dimir, Content provided by Historia Theatre Company

© 2018 photos for "Dear Chocolate Soldier" where marked " *) " after description were provided by Paddy Gormley

© 2019 photos for "Dear Chocolate Soldier" from St. Hugh's Oxford performance were provided by Frederick Appleby

We sometimes use photos and other material from external sources; in these cases credits will be shown.

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