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John Rawls's A THEORY OF JUSTICE: THE MUSICAL!

Wed 31st Jul – Mon 26th Aug 2013

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“An all-singing, all-dancing romp through 2,500 years of political philosophy.”

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SUMMARY

In order to draw inspiration for his magnum opus, John Rawls travels back in time to converse (in song) with a selection of political philosophers, including Plato, Locke, Rousseau and Mill. But the journey is not as smooth as he hoped: for as he pursues his love interest, the beautiful student Fairness, through history, he must escape the evil designs of his libertarian arch-nemesis, Robert Nozick, and the objectivist seductress Ayn Rand. Will Rawls achieve his goal of defining Justice as Fairness?

A Theory of Justice: The Musical! was written by three final-year undergraduate students of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University. It premièred in January 2013 at Oxford’s Keble O’Reilly Theatre, where it became Oxford’s fastest-ever selling musical.

Accompanying an “eminently highbrow and infectiously funny” script is a “toe-tappingly marvellous” original musical score, performed by a live five-piece orchestra (OxfordTheatreReview.co.uk). The outrageously witty repertoire embraces a range of musical styles, including a tango between Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand, a rap battle between Locke and Hobbes, and a rock anthem from Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The production is accessible to a general audience, which Cherwell called its “major triumph”.

“Brilliant: hilarious, witty, and profound… I cried with laughter for most of two hours” (Nigel Warburton)

“[It] had me laughing until the tears streamed down my face and my cheeks were aching…. Utterly hilarious!” (The Philosophers’ Magazine)

Admission: £9.50(£7.50) – £11.50(£9.50)

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