The Promise

Arts & Culture

On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, JW3 presents a rehearsed reading of The Promise, a play dramatising this momentous historical moment.

November 2, 1917. The Balfour Declaration is signed, signalling the British government's support for a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. It's the beginning of World War I and Herbert Samuel - the first practising Jew ever to sit in a British Cabinet - dreams of using British power to back a return of the Jews to Palestine. His cousin and fellow Cabinet member, Edwin Montagu, is implacably opposed to the idea. Politics, religion and love collide with explosive effect in Ben Brown's acclaimed play about the origins of Israel.

The Promise was originally produced at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2010.

Directed by Richard Beecham.

The performance will be immediately followed by the playwright Ben Brown in conversation with Guardian and BBC journalist, Jonathan Freedland, exploring issues raised by the play.

'Ben Brown is a brave man. His new play tackles the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which supported the principle of a "home for the Jewish people" in Palestine. Showing how global strategy and domestic politics intersect with private passions, his play is a riveting study of the complexities of history. ... This is historical drama at its dialectical best.' (Michael Billington, The Guardian)

'Engrossing ... Ben Brown's exploration of the tangle of self-interest, national interest, arrogance, and humanitarianism that led to the bloody birth of a nation.' (Rhoda Koenig, The Independent)

'Ben Brown's new play is a lucid, absorbing look at the events that led up to the pivotal Balfour Declaration of 1917 ... Simply gripping.' (Dominic Maxwell, The Times)

Age suitability: 13+

Part of the national Balfour 100 programme.

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