19:15, Wed 14th February 2018 - Sun 18th February 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
19:30, Wed 21st February 2018 - Sun 25th February 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
19:30, Wed 28th February 2018 - Sun 4th March 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
Lent Week 4 to Week 7
Nathan the Wise is a play published by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in 1779. It is a fervent plea for religious tolerance. Its performance was forbidden by the church during Lessing's lifetime; it was first performed in 1783 in Berlin. In 1922 it was adapted into a silent film of the same title.
Set in Jerusalem during the Third Crusade, it describes how the wise Jewish merchant Nathan, the enlightened sultan Saladin, and the Templar bridge their gaps between Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Its major themes are friendship, tolerance, relativism of God, a rejection of miracles and a need for communication.