Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More

Some have called Sir Thomas More the first "modern man." He was certainly the quintessential Renaissance man ... lawyer, statesman, philosopher, linguist, raconteur, Chancellor of England ... and author of one of the great books of western civilization, Utopia. Despite all that, Sir Thomas More was beheaded by King Henry VIII in 1535 for high treason.

Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More takes the audience into the last intensely intimate hour with Thomas More just before his execution. Still wrestling with the moral dilemmas that led him to the block, he cracks jokes, makes up songs, takes jabs at his tormentors and eventually finds peace in his fate. An extraordinary one-man tour de force featuring Graham Thatcher, Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More sparkles with wit, explores moral questions and provides keen insight into the universal human condition. The show explores conflicts between private conscience and public loyalty and ethical and moral decisions in legal practice . and provides an engaging tool to facilitate audience discussion.

Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More, presented with a post-performance discussion, has been approved for CLE credit (including Ethics and Professionalism credit) in the states where it has been offered. CLE materials are provided and credit varies from 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on individual state requirements. Please contact if you have questions about CLE credit.

Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More
© 1996 - 2007, Anna Marie and Graham Thatcher

For Booking Information Contact:
Anna Marie Thatcher, J.D.
Managing Producer
(605) 787-7099

What Your Colleagues Are Saying...

  • "On behalf of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association, I want to thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us . . . Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More was both thought provoking and entertaining."
    (Mark E. Chopko, General Counsel, United States Catholic Conference, National Association of Diocesan Attorneys)

  • "The writing, acting and set were all highly professional. Graham has a commanding presence and is a gifted actor. Your production beautifully explores questions which are as timely today as they were some 400 years ago."
    (John E. Simonett, Associate Justice, Retired, Supreme Court of Minnesota)

  • "Your production displays a rare balance between entertainment and enlightenment . . . presenting issues in a consummately professional and engaging manner. I hope your production is seen far and wide."
    (Ted L. McBride, Attorney at Law, Rapid City, SD)

  • "Your production . . . was exceptional! Graham's portrayal . . . brought to life the incredible depth and spirit of [Sir Thomas More] as he reflected on his life and his decision . . . "
    (Jeffrey B. Hare, Past President, St. Thomas More Society of Santa Clara, CA)

  • "We are still basking in the afterglow of your magnificent performance. Your depiction of Thomas More was masterful . . . and the play engages a contemporary audience with timeless struggles."
    (Mark Croteau, Director of Programs, Saint Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN)

  • "I commend you for the important work you are doing in developing innovative, effective programs for teaching Ethics and Professionalism. Timeless issues of what it means to be a lawyer and to practice as a professional are raised eloquently and provocatively . . . Thank you fro a job well done in giving Georgia lawyers and judges a deeply meaningful and instructive CLE experience."
    (Cliff Brashier. Executive Director, Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency)