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.
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“A springy, witty version... The impact and poetry of the tragedy is all the more powerful for being rooted in its origins. ”