21:00, Mon 11th June 2018 - Thu 14th June 2018 at Haymarket Theatre
20:45, Mon 18th June 2018 - Thu 21st June 2018 at Haymarket Theatre
20:45, Mon 25th June 2018 - Thu 28th June 2018 at Haymarket Theatre
Easter Week 7 to Summer Vacation
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.