Hanging Hooke: A Solo Play About Robert Hooke

19.30-21.00 (21.30 with post-show discussion)

Take the Space presents Hanging Hooke
written by Siobhán Nicholas and performed by Chris Barnes

Evening 19.30-21.00 (21.30 with post-show discussion)

This is the most wonderful piece of new writing I have seen in years” Plays International

Christopher Wren loved him. Isaac Newton loathed him. Robert Hooke {1635 – 1703} was an ingenious artist, engineer, architect and scientist. As Curator of Experiment for The Royal Society, he poured out a stream of brilliant concepts: universal gravity, evolution of the species and atomic theory – even anticipating the modern wave theory. As an architect, he played a prominent role in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire, including the construction of the Dome of St Paul’s, various City churches and the Monument.

Yet after his death, England’s Leonardo was written out of History; even his portrait mysteriously disappeared.

Then in 2006, a three hundred year old manuscript was accidentally discovered in a cupboard in a country house in Hampshire!

This tale of intrigue and betrayal explores the captivating C17th world of new science and discovery.

Originally with research support from the Royal Society, Hanging Hooke was a co production with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Previous tours have included performances at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Rose in Kingston, Ustinov @ Bath Theatre Royal, BT @ Oxford Playhouse and The Royal Society itself.

This performance will also include a post show discussion with Chris Barnes (Performer and Co-Director), Siobhan Nicholas (Writer and Co-Director) and Dr Felicity Henderson (Senior Lecturer in Archives and Material Culture at The University of Exeter).

Kindly sponsored by


£12.50 adults, £5 under 18s. Suitable for 13 yrs upward. Booking available from 01392 285983 or online by clicking the links below.

Library and Archives Display

We’re extremely fortunate to have two of Hooke’s books in our Library & Archive, ‘Micrographia’ and ‘Lectiones Cutlerianae; or, A collection of lectures, physical, mechanical, geographical, & astronomical…’

See them on display in the Chapter House and chat to our archivist Ellie before and after each performance.

Proud to be part of Exeter Literary Festival