The Seven Acts of Mercy

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The Seven Acts of Mercy is a painting by Italian Baroque bigwig, Caravaggio, and shows precisely the number of acts of kindness that you'd wager based on its name. It's also the jumping off point, and title, for the RSC's newest production, which plays out across a gap of 400 years, following the 17th century artist — and his desire to create something that truly represents his anger with the world — and a retired dock worker in present day Merseyside. Trying to open his grandson's eyes to the tragedy and beauty of life, expect a visceral look at the social issues dominating politics today, from food banks to gentrification.

From November 24, get a seat from £16. They're really rather comfy.

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