Today Runnymede, an ancient meadow in the South of England, thousands will gather to mark 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta, whose fundamental principles of justice formed the basis of common law and influenced the development of the United States constitution, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and over a third of the world’s legal systems.

Twelve performers will emerge from the crowd, reciting a dedication written by poet and playwright Owen Sheers. They will converge at Hew Locke’s newly commissioned work, The Jurors – twelve chairs intricately worked in bronze displaying symbols and marks relating to past and on-going struggles for freedom, rule of law and equal rights.

Sheer’s strident and powerful ballad, ‘Or In Any Other Way’, directly references the content of The Jurors and follows the form of Oscar Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Gaol. Watch out today for an exclusive viewing of the filmed performance by Lighttrap Films.

Listen to BBC Radio 4 Today programme for an interview with Hew Locke live from the state occasion and click here to read about The Jurors online via the Guardian 

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