The thought of a play concerned with an historical event might put you off seeing it. But in 'A Man for all Seasons', Robert Bolt has successfully created a play which deals with the historical events of Sir Thomas More's trial and execution in 1535, and at the same time made it entertaining, accessible and thought provoking. You don't need to know any of the history surrounding the play because, as a text, the plays gives you what you need to know. And the philosophical ideas which More/Bolt plays with are still relevant today - just as they were in 1535, and just as they were in 1960 when the play was written. If you get the opportunity to see a production of 'A Man for all Seasons', or the film, you really should take it up. And if you want a copy of a play which you'll refer back to time and again, then Bolt's is one you'd be well advised to invest in.