SMITH – The Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum, 13-28 November 2008

SMITH was the ︎first piece of professional theatre to be staged in a gallery at the British Museum. The production was inspired by the extraordinary life of Victorian assyriologist George Smith, who discovered and deciphered the Flood Tablet. Evocatively staged amongst the exhibitions in the beautifully restored Enlightenment Gallery, SMITH asked audiences to reconsider how we accumulate knowledge and how we are remembered.

SMITH breathes new life into the treasures of the British Museum. Folk sitting on the ︎floor of the Enlightenment Gallery, listening to earlier stories of mankind: the very essence of theatre, surely, and of this great temple of knowledge – WhatsonStage

For an altogether more inspiriting kind of experience, you should hasten to the British Museum… SMITH could hardly do more to to inspire you to pay a return visit to the collections by day – The Daily Telegraph

Victorian morality, the con︎lict between science and religion, the erosion of class and gender divisions are all woven through Honess-Martin’s narrative. The cast are sparky and the choral music is ravishing – The Times


CAST: Benjamin Askew (SMITH), Louise Callaghan (DAWN), Christopher Adlington, Oli Gomm


Written and Directed by Jacqui Honess-Martin

Produced by Anna Schmitz

Lighting by Kristina Hjelm

Music by Tom Attwood

Projection by Stephen Cowburn

Sound by Yvonne Gilbert