23 Jul 2015 - 19 Sep 2015

Almeida Greeks

Bakkhai

Euripides | a new version by Anne Carson | Directed by James Macdonald

Tickets £10 - £38


production information

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 and Bertie Carvel returns to the Almeida as Pentheus.

 

Dates & Tickets

Previews Thu 23 Jul - Wed 29 Jul
Press Night Thu 30 Jul

Evenings 8pm
Sat matinees 3pm from 1 Aug
Wed matinees 3pm on 5, 12, 19, 26 Aug & 2, 9 Sep
Friday 14 Aug 4pm 

Talkback
Tue 18 Aug
Post-show discussion with members of the Bakkhai company. 
Free to same day ticket holders

Supporters' Evening
Mon 10 Aug (pre-show talk in the auditorium at 6.40pm) 

Captioned Performance
Fri 4 Sep 8pm

Audio Described Performances 
by VocalEyes 

Sat 5 Sep 3pm 
(Touch Tour at 1.15pm) 

Fri 11 Sep 8pm 
(Touch Tour at 6.30pm)

Click here for information about Concessions.
 

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For the Almeida: Rope.

Theatre includes: Damned by Despair; The Man of Mode; Coram Boy; Life of Galileo(National Theatre); Doctor Dee (Manchester International Festival); Matilda: The Musical (RSC / West End/Broadway); The Pride (Royal Court); The Circle (Chichester/ tour); Parade (Donmar Warehouse); Faustus (Etcetera Theatre); Professor Bernhardi; Rose Bernd(OSC/Arcola/Dumbfounded Theatre); Macbeth (Union Theatre / En Masse); Revelations (Hampstead Theatre); Bridget Jones’ Diary: The Musical (Workshop / Working Title).

Film includes: Les Misérables.

Bertie received countless awards and nominations for his performance as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda: The Musical, including a Tony Award nomination in 2013 for Best Actor in a Musical,Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical Award, Tony Awards, 2013, Best Actor In A Musical Award, Olivier Awards, 2012, Best Performance In A Musical Award, TMA Theatre Awards UK, 2011,Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical Award, Drama Desk Awards, 2013, Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance Award, Theatre World Awards, 2013 Winner of the Favourite Breakthrough Performance Award, Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, 2013 Nominated for Favourite Actor In A Musical and Favourite Diva Performance, Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, 2013,Nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award, Drama League Awards, 2013, Nominated for the Best Actor In A Musical Award, Outer Critics' Circle Awards, 2013, Nominated for Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor, 2011 , Nominated for the Best Actor In A Musical Award, Whatsonstage.com Awards, 2012. He was Longlisted for the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor, 2010 for Rope, and won an Olivier Award for Best Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, 2009 for The Pride and an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, 2008, for Parade.

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★★★★ Two hours of raw and exacting theatre... Ben Whishaw is immense. 

Evening Standard

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★★★★ has an insinuating intimacy about it that sticks to the skin 

The Times

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★★★★★ One of the best Greek tragedy productions I've seen for years 

WhatsOnStage

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★★★★ I felt that I was seeing Euripides' late masterpiece for the first time... strange, thrilling, brilliantly cast. 

The Independent

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★★★★  The casting is superb... contains moments of brilliance. 

The Stage

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Frequently electrifyingly disconcerting 

Time Out

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James Macdonald's production is impeccably clear, Anne Carson's new text is springy and alive. 

The Guardian

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★★★★  Macdonald's production balks at nothing... fascinating. 

Financial Times

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★★★★ Ben Whishaw excels in a Euripides classic that is more relevant than ever. 

The Sunday Times

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★★★★ Whishaw, Carvel and Kevin Harvey... are all stunning.

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Additional information

The running time is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes with no interval.

Strobe lighting is used in this production.

Cast & Creatives

Bertie Carvel
Amiera Darwish
Aruhan Galieva
Eugenia Georgieva
Kaisa Hammarlund
Kevin Harvey
Helen Hobson
Hazel Holder
Melanie La Barrie
Elinor Lawless
Catherine May
Belinda Sykes
Ben Whishaw 

Version Anne Carson
Direction James Macdonald
Design Antony McDonald
Composition Orlando Gough
Light Peter Mumford
Sound Paul Arditti
Choreography Jonathan Burrows
and Gillie Kleiman 
Musical Direction 
Lindy Tennent-Brown
Casting Anne McNulty CDG
Assistant Direction Jessica Edwards
Costume Supervision Ilona Karas

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