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Adapted by Anne Carson

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Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. Euripides’ electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god.

Using three actors and a chorus, echoing the original performance model, James Macdonald returns to the Almeida to stage Euripides’ hedonistic tragedy in a visceral new version by Anne Carson. Ben Whishaw makes his Almeida debut as Dionysos.

"Anne Carson's new translation captures the original's concern with ideas of balance and doubleness, but it also has a gritty immediacy... The result is two hours of raw and exacting theatre... it convincingly makes the case for why it's still worth engaging with a play written almost 2,500 years ago." Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
Cast : 1F, 7M + chorus, doubling possible

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-915-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB


EURIPIDES  was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles. 

He is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times; he focused on the inner lives and motives of his characters in a way previously unknown.  He was also unique among the writers of ancient Athens for the sympathy he demonstrated towards all victims of society, including women, and his conservative male audiences were frequently shocked by the 'heresies' he put into the mouths of characters.

By Euripides, available through Currency Press - see all