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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.

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Andromache
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Andromache

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides
 

The story of Andromache, widow of the Trojan hero Hector.

Some years after the fall of Troy, Andromache is living as a slave to Neoptolemus, by whom she has a child. When Neoptolemus' fiercely jealous young wife, Hermione, finds she is unable to conceive, she threatens to murder Andromache, and the struggle between the two women turns quickly into a bitter feud.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.



Cast : 6M, 4F, + chorus & extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-638-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Andromache
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Andromache

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides
 

The story of Andromache, widow of the Trojan hero Hector.

Some years after the fall of Troy, Andromache is living as a slave to Neoptolemus, by whom she has a child. When Neoptolemus' fiercely jealous young wife, Hermione, finds she is unable to conceive, she threatens to murder Andromache, and the struggle between the two women turns quickly into a bitter feud.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.



Cast : 6M, 4F, + chorus & extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-638-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bacchae
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Bacchae

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Euripides
 

At the whim of Dionysos, a son is torn to pieces by his own mother during the famous women-only Bacchanalian ritual. The story of revenge by the half-man half-god on Pentheus, King of Thebes, and all his people.

Translated and introduced by Kenneth McLeish and Frederic Raphael. 

Also available in Greek Tragedy.



Cast : 7M, 1F + chorus
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-411-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bacchae
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Bacchae

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Euripides
 

At the whim of Dionysos, a son is torn to pieces by his own mother during the famous women-only Bacchanalian ritual. The story of revenge by the half-man half-god on Pentheus, King of Thebes, and all his people.

Translated and introduced by Kenneth McLeish and Frederic Raphael. 

Also available in Greek Tragedy.



Cast : 7M, 1F + chorus
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-411-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bacchai
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Bacchai

Euripides (translated/adapted by Colin Teevan)
 

Dionysos, the God of wine and theatre, has returned to his native land to take revenge on the puritanical Pentheus, who refuses to observe his rites. Remorselessly, savagely and with black humour, Dionysos drives Pentheus and an entire city to a shocking fate.

Translated and adapted by Colin Teevan. This version was commissioned by the Royal National Theatre for a production directed by Sir Peter Hall and scored by Sir Harrison Birtwhistle.

Review
It draws on the contemporary vernacular to ripping, rollicking, rumbustious effect...and [Teevan] has given us a piece of theatre that is wonderfully robust, resolute and resonant' - Paul Muldoon 


Cast : 3M
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-261-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Bakkhai
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Bakkhai

Adapted by Anne Carson

Euripides
 
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
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Bakkhai
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Bakkhai

Adapted by Anne Carson

Euripides
 
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
Electra
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Electra

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides
 

Euripides' ironic take on the Ancient Greek myth.

Electra's brother Orestes returns to avenge the murder of his father, Agamemnon, by his mother Clytemnestra.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.





Cast : 7M, 2F, + chorus & extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-749-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Electra
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Electra

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides
 

Euripides' ironic take on the Ancient Greek myth.

Electra's brother Orestes returns to avenge the murder of his father, Agamemnon, by his mother Clytemnestra.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.





Cast : 7M, 2F, + chorus & extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-749-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Greek Tragedy: Three Plays
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Greek Tragedy: Three Plays

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides / Sophocles
 

Three of the most famous tragedies from Ancient Greece, all featuring female protagonists collected together in modern, much-performed translations.

Antigone by Sophocles, the first great 'resistance' drama in which Antigone and Creon lock horns over the burial of her brother.

Bacchae by Euripides, in which a son is torn to pieces by his own mother at the whim of Dionysos, during the famous women-only Bacchanalian ritual.

Medea  by Euripides telling the powerful myth of Medea, who murders her children to revenge her husband's infidelity.

The volume contains an extensive introduction, including biographical notes and suggestions for further reading. Click on links above for individual editions of each play.


Cast : Antigone - 5M, 3F + plus chorus; Bacchae - 17M, 1F + chorus & extras; Medea - 5M, 2F + chorus & children
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-847-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hecuba
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Hecuba

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Euripides
 

Hecuba, deposed queen of Troy, has seen her husband humiliated, her son murdered and her daughter sacrificed. Her grief turns to anger and she enacts a bloody vengeance on those responsible for the destruction of her family.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald.




Cast : 4M, 6F + chorus and extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-868-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hecuba
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Hecuba

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides
 

Hecuba, deposed queen of Troy, has seen her husband humiliated, her son murdered and her daughter sacrificed. Her grief turns to anger and she enacts a bloody vengeance on those responsible for the destruction of her family.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald.




Cast : 4M, 6F + chorus and extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-868-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Iphigenia in Aulis
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Iphigenia in Aulis

Two versions of Euripides’ masterpiece in a new verse translation by Andy Hinds, with Martine Cuypers

Euripides
 
The first version of Iphigenia in Aulis in this volume is a translation of the complete text as it has come down to us via the only surviving manuscript – a highly corrupt text containing numerous interpolations by hands other than Euripides. The second, shorter version offers a tried and tested, more performable ‘stage’ version of the play.

The translation is the result of a close collaboration between theatre director and playwright, Andy Hinds (author of Acting Shakespeare’s Language), and Classics scholar, Dr. Martine Cuypers (Trinity College, Dublin). Whilst preserving a scholarly fidelity to the original Greek, the translation is written in a clear and energetic verse, designed to be as 'performable' in the theatre, as it is ‘readable’ in the home or study. It will be of equal interest and use, therefore, to teachers, students and academics, to actors and directors, and to the general reader.

Companion Volume
Iphigenia in Aulis is a companion volume to Hinds’ translation of The Oresteia. Iphigenia represents Euripides’ version of a key episode in the great saga, The Fall of the House of Atreus, while The Oresteia relates Aeschylus’ version of the continuation and conclusion of the saga.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-135-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Iphigenia in Aulis
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Iphigenia in Aulis

Two versions of Euripides’ masterpiece in a new verse translation by Andy Hinds, with Martine Cuypers

Euripides
 
The first version of Iphigenia in Aulis in this volume is a translation of the complete text as it has come down to us via the only surviving manuscript – a highly corrupt text containing numerous interpolations by hands other than Euripides. The second, shorter version offers a tried and tested, more performable ‘stage’ version of the play.

The translation is the result of a close collaboration between theatre director and playwright, Andy Hinds (author of Acting Shakespeare’s Language), and Classics scholar, Dr. Martine Cuypers (Trinity College, Dublin). Whilst preserving a scholarly fidelity to the original Greek, the translation is written in a clear and energetic verse, designed to be as 'performable' in the theatre, as it is ‘readable’ in the home or study. It will be of equal interest and use, therefore, to teachers, students and academics, to actors and directors, and to the general reader.

Companion Volume
Iphigenia in Aulis is a companion volume to Hinds’ translation of The Oresteia. Iphigenia represents Euripides’ version of a key episode in the great saga, The Fall of the House of Atreus, while The Oresteia relates Aeschylus’ version of the continuation and conclusion of the saga.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-135-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
MEDEA
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MEDEA

A new version by Rachel Cusk

Euripides
 

This new version of Euripides’ classic Medea, played in London as part of the Almeida’s Greek Season.

Medea’s marriage is breaking up. And so is everything else. Testing the limits of revenge and liberty, Euripides’ seminal play cuts to the heart of gender politics and asks what it means to be a woman and a wife. One of world drama's most infamous characters is brought to controversial new life by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold ( The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III, American Psycho) and award-winning writer Rachel Cusk ( Outline, Aftermath).

Cast : 4F, 4M (doubling possible), 2 boys, chorus
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-887-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
MEDEA
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MEDEA

A new version by Rachel Cusk

Euripides
 

This new version of Euripides’ classic Medea, played in London as part of the Almeida’s Greek Season.

Medea’s marriage is breaking up. And so is everything else. Testing the limits of revenge and liberty, Euripides’ seminal play cuts to the heart of gender politics and asks what it means to be a woman and a wife. One of world drama's most infamous characters is brought to controversial new life by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold ( The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III, American Psycho) and award-winning writer Rachel Cusk ( Outline, Aftermath).

Cast : 4F, 4M (doubling possible), 2 boys, chorus
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-887-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Medea
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Medea

Euripides
 
Betrayed by a husband she sacrificed everything for, Medea unleashes a horrific vengeance on her enemies, by murdering her own children.

Featuring one of the most powerful female roles in the history of drama, Euripides' Medea is reworked by poet Tom Paulin into lithe and sinewy modern English that conveys the shocking story—and our conflicted loyalties as spectators to the tragedy— more strongly than ever.

Review
Paulin's script probes into the deeper and darker reasoning behind Medea's ostracism, the otherness that has both attracted and repelled her intimates -  The Stage

Cast : 3-5M, 2F + chorus
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-094-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Medea
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Medea

Euripides
 
Betrayed by a husband she sacrificed everything for, Medea unleashes a horrific vengeance on her enemies, by murdering her own children.

Featuring one of the most powerful female roles in the history of drama, Euripides' Medea is reworked by poet Tom Paulin into lithe and sinewy modern English that conveys the shocking story—and our conflicted loyalties as spectators to the tragedy— more strongly than ever.

Review
Paulin's script probes into the deeper and darker reasoning behind Medea's ostracism, the otherness that has both attracted and repelled her intimates -  The Stage

Cast : 3-5M, 2F + chorus
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-094-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Medea
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Medea

Euripides (translated/adapted by Alistair Elliot)
 
What I intend to do is wrong, but the rage of my heart is stronger than my reason – that is the cause of all men’s foulest crimes.

Medea has become the archetypal wronged woman driven to despair. When uncontrollable anger is unleashed, the obsessed mind’s capacity for revenge knows no bounds.

Introduced by Nicholas Dromgoole.


Cast : 9M, 5F
Oberon Books | 978-1-87025-936-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Medea
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Medea

Euripides in a version by Liz Lochhead
 

Euripides' classic about the woman who murders her own children in revenge for her husband's infidelity, here given a distinctive Scots twang by the poet and playwright Liz Lochhead.

Winner of the Saltire Society's award for Scottish Book of the Year 2001.

Review
'Liz Lochhead's stunning new version of Medea is the kind of interpretation – brave, visionary, risky – that blows a well-known text apart and reassembles it in a completely new light... ancient but new, cosmic yet agonisingly familiar.'  The Scotsman



Cast : 3M, 3F + chorus
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-602-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Medea
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Medea

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides (trans. Kenneth McLeish/Frederic Raphael
 

The powerful myth of Medea, who murders her children to revenge her husband's infidelity.

Translated byFrederic Raphael & Kenneth McLeish, with an introduction by Kenneth McLeish. Also available in Greek Tragedy.





Cast : 5M, 2F, 2 children + chorus
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-164-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Women of Troy
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Women of Troy

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides
 

In the aftermath of the bloody Trojan Wars, the women of the city lament their fate and look fearfully ahead to the future. Covering themes of religious scepticism, the injustices within roles of women and the destructive power of war, this play is once again becoming relevant in our increasingly uncertain world.

Translated by Kenneth McLeish and introduced by Marianne McDonald and Michael Walton.




Cast : 3M, 5F + chorus and 1 child
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-713-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Women of Troy
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Women of Troy

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides
 

In the aftermath of the bloody Trojan Wars, the women of the city lament their fate and look fearfully ahead to the future. Covering themes of religious scepticism, the injustices within roles of women and the destructive power of war, this play is once again becoming relevant in our increasingly uncertain world.

Translated by Kenneth McLeish and introduced by Marianne McDonald and Michael Walton.




Cast : 3M, 5F + chorus and 1 child
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-713-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB