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WORLD PREMIERE This startlingly modern version of Euripides’ classic tragedy explores how in today’s world a mother, fuelled by anger at her husband’s infidelity, might be driven to commit the worst possible crime. A new version by Mike Bartlett. Featuring Rachael Stirling as Medea. Watch trailer.
If there’s a God, which at the moment I DOUBT, I want you to curse him.
If there’s any justice, I want them – both of them - in a car crash.
Her husband’s gone and her future isn’t bright. Imprisoned in her marital home, Medea can’t work, can’t sleep, and increasingly can’t cope. While her child plays, she plots her revenge.
Receiving its world premiere at the Citizens, the production is written and directed by one of the UK’s most exciting and in demand young writers Mike Bartlett, who has received critical acclaim for his plays including Earthquakes in London, Cock (Olivier Award), a new stage version of Chariots of Fire and Love Love Love.
The Citizens is delighted to be working with Headlong again, following the hit collaboration Angels in America. Headlong also recently brought A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness to the theatre.
POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Thu 11 October
in the main auditorium
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A modern version of Euripides’ classic tale by in-demand young writer Mike Bartlett
User Rating ★★★★★
Rated: (5/5), based on 4 ratings
Audio Described 3 Oct
Signed 4 Oct
Captioned 11 Oct
Guide Dogs welcome
Recommended for 12+
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Rachael Stirling - Medea
Paul Brendan - Workman
Lu Corfield - Sarah
Christopher Ettridge - Carter
Adam Levy - Jason
Amelia Lowdell - Pam
Paul Shelley - Andrew
Written by Mike Bartlett
Based on the original story by Euripides
Director – Mike Bartlett
Designer – Ruari Murchison
Lighting Designer – Johanna Town
Composer and Sound Designer – Tom Mills
Associate Director - Kate Hewitt
“In Rachael Stirling, Bartlett…has found a Medea who can both convince as a contemporary woman scorned and reach the dramatic heights the plot demands.”
The Independent ★★★★★
“Tom Mills’ soundscape adds a filmic layer to the already considerable drama. The speech-free sequence in which Meddea prepares fish fingers and frozen peas for the traumatised Tom to David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane”…made me feel sick. In a good way.”
The Independent ★★★★★
“this brave and brilliant new version of the play…seems to be walking a high-wire between breathtaking genius and complete absurdity, the sense of danger only makes the spectacle more exciting, and Rachael Stirling’s central performance as Medea more thrilling to watch.”
The Scotsman ★★★★★
“Twenty years ago, Diana Rigg gave an award-winning performance as Medea. I saw that production…and I can say with some conviction that her daughter, Rachael Stirling, gives a performance every bit as thrilling in the same role in this new production.”
The Times ★★★★
“Bartlett’s chicken and egg question is whether it is the fear or the rage that drives Medea. It easily justifies its updating as Stirling paces and glowers, caught between both emotions.”
“Bartlett doesn’t just transfer Euripides to the modern world – he exposes him to the full weight of post-Freudian psychology.”
The Guardian ★★★
“Stirling’s remarkable portrayal of the anti-heroine is simultaneously, disconcertingly erratic and frighteningly implacable.”
The Telegraph ★★★
“Stirling is a force of nature as she spars with Adam Levy’s Jason”
The Herald ★★★
Herald interview with lead actress Rachael Stirling
Sunday Herald interview with writer and director, Mike Bartlett
The List magazine preview piece with Mike Bartlett
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