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The Last Confession ()

Produced by

Chichester Festival Theatre

Presented by

TRH Productions and Mirvish Productions

Playwright: Roger Crane
Director: Jonathan Church


The Royal Alexandra Theatre


April 19th, 2014 – June 1st, 2014


The Last Confession delves into the most highly guarded institution in the world to explore the mystery shrouding the sudden death of Pope John Paul I in 1978.

Found dead just 33 days after being elected, suspicions are aroused when it is revealed that, on the evening before his death, the new Pope had warned three of his most influential but hostile Cardinals that they would be replaced. The Vatican refuses to conduct an official investigation into the death. Cardinal Benelli is the only one to challenge the dead Pope’s enemies.  (


David Suchet Cardinal Giovanni Benelli
Sam Parks Father Lorenzi
Philip Craig The Confessor
David Ferry Monsignor Magee
Richard O’Callaghan Cardinal Albino Luciani
Nigel Bennett Cardinal Jean Villot
Stuart Milligan Bishop Paul Marcinkus
Donald Douglas Pope Paul VI
John O’May Cardinal Pericle Felici
Bernard Lloyd Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani
Kevin Colson Cardinal Sebastiano Baggio
Peter Harding Cardinal Leo Suenens
Roy Lewis Cardinal Bernardin Gantin
George Spartels Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider
Sheila Ferris Sister Vincenza
Marvin Ishmael Thomas
David Bannerman Dr. Buzzonetti / Guard
Ezra Bix Guard
Pier Carthew Guard
Mark Hammersley Guard

Creative Team

Roger Crane Playwright
Jonathan Church Director
William Dudley Designer
Peter Mumford Lighting Designer
Fotini Dimou Costume Designer
Chris Cronin Sound Designer
Victoria Brennan Associate Lighting Designer
John Delaney Assistant Lighting Designer


Dominic Muldowney Composer


David Mirvish Producer
Paul Elliott Producer
Duncan C. Weldon Producer
Liza McLean Producer
Brian Sewell Executive Producer
Joyce Nettles Casting (Original London)
Stephanie Gorin Casting (Canada)
Amanda Hillhouse Deputy Stage Manager
Carrie Bayliss Costume Supervisor (U.K.)
Jessica Houghton Costume Supervisor (Tour)
Philip Large Production Carpenter
Charmian Hoare Dialect Coach
Nicola Seed Production Associate
Hannah Mirvish Production Assistant
Eve Kay Production Coordinator


Simon Marlow Production Manager
Mike Puhacz Head Carpenter
John Still Head Electrician
Guy Gualtieri Head of Properties
Blair Egglestone Head of Flies