The Seven Acts of Mercy is the latest play from radical playwright Anders Lustgarten. Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman this powerful new story confronts the dangerous necessity of compassion, in a world where it is in short supply.

Playing out across 400 years, between Naples 1606, where painter Caravaggio is creating his masterpiece The Seven Acts of Mercy; and Bootle, 2016 where a retired union leader uses Caravaggio’s art to teach his grandson about the tragedy and beauty of the life he faces in a community which is disintegrating under the pressure of years of economic and political degradation.

‘You can’t make things better from little acts of charity. It’s obscene’

With fewer than 20 performances left don’t miss your chance to get £10 tickets for selected performances in January and February using promo code 16009 –

The Seven Acts of Mercy plays in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon until Friday 10 February.

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