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

Jean Racine

Racine's 1677 reworking of Euripides' Hippolytus, celebrated for its tragic construction and the richness of its language.

Phedra, wife of Theseus, has fallen deeply and violently in love with her step-son, Hippolytus. Convinced she will forever be consumed by a shameful love, and on the advice of her nurse, she kills herself – but the note that she leaves behind seems to lay the blame for her death at Hippolytus' door. Theseus cannot see beyond her impassioned words to his own son's protestations and so, heartbroken and overcome, he banishes Hippolytus and wishes him dead. But when the gods are always listening, you should be careful what you wish for...

Translated and introduced by Julie Rose.

Cast : 4M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-094-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB