John Paul II



  • (1920 - 2005) The only reigning pope to have aplay performed in the professional theater. He wrote The Jeweller'sShop in 1960 (under his original name of Karol Wojtyła)while auxiliary bishop of Cracow, Poland. He became pope in 1978.The play, consisting of a series of monologues about marriage, openedin London in 1982, three days before his visit to Britain.