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From the creators of A Monk's Tale and The God Particle comes a new show telling the fascinating story of the Murder of Thomas Becket. With jokes and songs, obviously.

850 years ago Thomas Becket was famously murdered by four knights in Canterbury Cathedral. A Turbulent Priest follows the extraordinary story of Thomas and King Henry II, their bromance, bust-up and betrayals. In short, plenty to sing about.

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"Altogether, Cary and Sherwood’s commitment to comprehensive storytelling is admirable, and a touch of 12th-century silliness makes this a happy two hours of escapism."

The Church Times


Since 2012, BBC sitcom writer James Cary has built a reputation for writing and producing high quality entertainment about the historic Christian faith suitable for churches, schools, theatres and festivals.

See below for previous productions


99 Performances in 2017

The story of Relics, Revolt and Reformation celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses with songs and sketches.

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5 tours from 2012-2018

A romantic comedy about science, religion, faith and the importance of keeping and open mind.



A brand new comedy with songs for the stage

This is a show about Thomas Becket and his bromance-gone-wrong with Henry II. But at heart, the show asks questions about the place of the Church in our society. Does the State have final say over what’s right and wrong? Who rules? Should the Church make a stand and speak out? And are Christians prepared to face the consequences of that stand? Thomas was. And he paid with his head (or at least the top half of it. Ew.)

The show is touring the UK in 2019-2020, commemorating the 850th annivesary of Becket's death.

If you would be interested in producing a tour for 2020, please contact the producer via the link below.

Image by Brian Whelan


“Who will rid me of this Turbulent Priest?”

Henry II (disputed)

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