Botticelli in the Fire

Jordan Tannahill
Date Published
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They’re going to kill you. They’re going to worship you, don’t get me wrong. But they are going to kill you.

Playboy Sandro Botticelli has it all: talent, fame, good looks. He also has the ear – and the wife – of Lorenzo de Medici, as well as the Florence’s hottest young apprentice, Leonardo.

But whilst he is at work on his breakthrough commission, The Birth of Venus, Botticelli’s devotion to pleasure and beauty is put to the ultimate test. As plague sweeps through the city, the charismatic friar Girolamo Savonarola starts to stoke the fires of dissent against the liberal elite. Botticelli finds the life he knows breaking apart, forcing him to choose between love and survival.

Jordan Tannahill’s hot-blooded queering of Renaissance Italy questions how much of ourselves we are willing to sacrifice when society comes off the rails.

WINNER: Best New Play, Toronto Theatre Critics Award
WINNER: Governor General’s Literary Award

Botticelli in the Fire made its European premiere at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2019.

Critic Reviews

Delivers on all levels... Engaging, touching, immediate and - naturally – beautiful.

Broadway World
Critic Reviews

This Botticelli burns with passion.

Daily Mail
Critic Reviews

An absorbing, archly anachronistic play by Canadian wunderkind Jordan Tannahill.

Daily Telegraph
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Exuberant fun.

Evening Standard