A powerful, witty and moving play exploring the dark interplay between sexuality and creativity.
Florence, 1501. A vast block of Carrara marble known as Il Gigante becomes the centre of conflict between two great artists, as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo compete for a prestigious commission to carve a statue of David.
The result is one of the most iconic works of the Renaissance – but who was the model?
Antony Sher’s play The Giant was first staged at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 2007.
‘Powerful… tremendous… close to sublime’
— Sunday Telegraph
‘Impressive… deals with nothing less than the creative sources of art and the battle between Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci’
‘A rich, ambitious play that seizes on a fascinating time and grapples with giant questions about art, creativity, integrity and beauty’
— Financial Times