25 Sep 2015 - 14 Nov 2015

Almeida Greeks

Medea

Euripides | a new version by Rachel Cusk | Directed by Rupert Goold

Tickets £10 - £38



 

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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 VeniceKing Charles IIIAmerican Psycho) and award-winning feminist writer Rachel Cusk (OutlineAftermath).

Kate Fleetwood makes her Almeida debut in the title role.

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Dates & Tickets

Previews Fri 25 Sep - Wed 30 Sep
Press Night Thu 1 Oct

Evenings 8pm
Sat matinees 3pm from 3 Oct
Wed matinees 3pm on 14, 21, 28 Oct, 4 & 11 Nov

Talkback
Mon 26 Oct
Post-show discussion with members of the Medea company. With live speech-to-text transcription by Stagetext. 

Free to same day ticket holders.

Supporters' Evening

Mon 19 Oct (pre-show talk at 6.40pm) 

Captioned Performance
Mon 26 Oct 8pm

Audio Described Performances
by VocalEyes

Sat 24 Oct 3pm
(Touch Tour at 1.15pm)

Mon 2 Nov 8pm
(Touch Tour at 6.30pm)

Islington First
Fri 25 Sep - Wed 30 Sep
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £23 for the opening performances* of each production.

Under 30s 
If you are aged 29 or under you can book best available seats for £19 for Monday performances*. To book online select the UNDER30 price type at the seating plan. Proof of age will be required when collecting the tickets. *Subject to availability

Click here for more information about Concessions. 

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Rupert is Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre.

He was previously Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre Company, Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres.

For the Almeida: The Merchant of Venice (also RSC); King Charles III (also West End); American Psycho: A new musical thriller; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.

Theatre includes: The Effect; Earthquakes in London (Headlong / National Theatre); Time and the Conways (National Theatre); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Three Sixty / Kensington Gardens); Romeo and Juliet; The Tempest; Speaking Like Magpies (RSC); ENRON (Headlong / Chichester Festival Theatre / Royal Court / West End / Broadway); Oliver!; The Glass Menagerie; Art; Speed-the-Plow (West End); King Lear (Headlong / Liverpool Everyman / Young Vic); No Man’s Land (Gate Theatre, Dublin / West End); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong / Chichester Festival Theatre / Bristol Old Vic / West End); Macbeth (Brooklyn Academy of Music / Lyceum Theater / Broadway); Faustus; Restoration; Paradise Lost (Headlong); Hamlet; Summer Lightning; Insignificance; Paradise Lost; Waiting for Godot; The Weir; Betrayal (Theatre Royal, Northampton); Othello (Theatre Royal, Northampton / Greenwich Theatre); Scaramouche (Salisbury Playhouse / Australia, New Zealand, Canada tour); The Wind in the Willows; Privates on Parade (New Vic Theatre); Gone to LA (Hampstead Theatre); Broken Glass (Watford Palace Theatre); Habeus Corpus; Summer Lighting; Dancing at Lughnasa (Salisbury Playhouse); The Colonel Bird (Gate Theatre); Brand (NT Studio); Romeo and Juliet (Greenwich Theatre); The End of the Affair (Bridewell Theatre).

Opera includes: Turandot; On Thee We Feed (English National Opera); Le Comte Ory (Garsington Opera); Gli Equivoci; Il Pomo D’Oro (Batignano Opera Festival).

Film includes: Richard II; Macbeth.

As Writer and Director, film includes: True Story.

Rupert has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard awards for Best Director.

 

 ★★★★ Fiercely intelligent and at times ferocious. 

Daily Telegraph

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 ★★★★ Incredibly powerful... Fleetwood is astonishingly good... White hot. 

Time Out

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★★★★ Thought-provoking, fresh... a fitting end to the Almeida's season of Greek drama. 

Evening Standard

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★★★★ The voices of women ring out in a way that is rare on the stage... (Rachel) Cusk lasers her way to the centre of Euripides' drama

Observer

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★★★★ Fleetwood has that forbidding edge that makes her perfect casting for director Rupert Goold.

Financial Times

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Fleetwood gives a ferocious, soul-baring performance… Rupert Goold’s production is visually inventive.

The Guardian

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Kate Fleetwood is elemental in the title role... brilliant directorial flourishes from Goold. 

The Stage

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★★★★★ this thrilling version is unmissable

The Independent

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★★★★  Dozens of moments - ferocious, intense, deeply discomforting - that will undoubtedly stay with you.

Sunday Times

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Additional information

The running time is approximately one hour and 30 minutes with no interval. 

 

Cast & Creatives

Michele Austin
Sarah Belcher 
Amanda Boxer
Richard Cant
Andy de la Tour
Ruth Everett
Kate Fleetwood
Georgina Lamb
Emily Mytton
Charlotte Randle
Justin Salinger
Guillermo Bedward 
Lukas Rolfe 
Louis Sayers
Sam Smith
Xavier Moras Spencer
Joseph West

Version Rachel Cusk
Direction Rupert Goold
Set Ian MacNeil
Costume Holly Waddington
Light Neil Austin
Composition and Sound Adam Cork
Choreography Scott Ambler
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Assistant Direction Sara Joyce
Trainee Director David Loumgair

 

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