Tag Archives: Euripides

Phaedra(s)

Barbican Theatre, London (****)

© Pascal Victor, Isabelle Huppert as Phaedre

© Pascal Victor, Isabelle Huppert as Phaedre

 

Art house cineastes and followers of European `high art’ will thrill to a combination of cinema ghouls (the shower scene from Psycho), desire (Pasolini’s Teorema) and gore (the stylised lobotomy scene from Graeme Clifford’s Frances). Others may also delight in a spot of necrophilia, incest, fellatio and general debauchery. Ah, I can feel a bout of philistinism coming on… Continue reading

Medea – after Euripides

Gate, Notting Hill, London (****)

© Ikin Yum

© Ikin Yum

Two Medeas closely allied in time – the Almeida’s last month with Kate Fleetwood in Rachel Cusk’s über-feminist version, now the Australian Kate Mulvany with director Anne-Louise Sarks in another radical re-appraisal. Before that last year, we had Helen McCrory in Ben Power’s updated version at the National Theatre. Continue reading

Bakkhai

Almeida Theatre, London

© Marc Brenner

© Marc Brenner

For the second production in Rupert Goold’s exciting Greek trilogy, hubris once again becomes a leading player, this time in the guise of Pentheus, the son of Agave whose curiosity and inflexibility – like Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (with whom incidentally, one can see several parallels) – leads him to a terrible death. Continue reading