Martin Luther | Reformation 500th anniversary

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is being marked by an iconic play spotlighting its leading protagonist, Martin Luther, at Belfast Waterfront from Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 October.

Presented by Centre Stage Theatre Company, this epic dramatisation of John Osborne’s Tony award-winning play delivers a vivid portrayal of the sixteenth-century monk who publicly spoke out against archaic customs and corruption within Roman Catholicism.

Osborne’s Luther is a multi-faceted character with deep religious convictions whose actions provided the catalyst for a theological revolution that transformed Christianity forever, but with consequences that still affect modern society.

The key historical figure of the Reformation, Luther objected to the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church and his public proclamations led to the establishment and subsequent proliferation of reformed churches across western civilisation.

John Osborne is acknowledged as one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century, as well as a pioneering writer for film and TV.  He was renowned for his cutting prose and intense critical stance towards established social and political norms.

Osborne’s ground-breaking theatre productions included the seminal Look Back In Anger – later turned into the classic movie starring Richard Burton – and The Entertainer starring stage and screen legend, Sir Laurence Olivier. He is also fondly remembered for movie roles in Michael Cane’s Get Carter, Tomorrow Never Comes and Flash Gordon.

Luther was first performed in 1961 before becoming a huge transatlantic hit on Broadway.  Legendary classic actor, Albert Finney originally played the title role.  Luther’s original West End run at the Phoenix Theatre continued for a then staggering 239 performances.  The play was made into a 1974 film starring Stacy Keach (of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer fame) as Martin.

A work of power and integrity” (New York Daily News)

“The language is urgent and sinewy… mingling gutter candour with cadences that might have come from the pulpit oratory of Donne“ (The Observer)

Tickets for Luther are available at, by calling 028 9033 4455 and at our main Box Office at the Ulster Hall.


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