23 Jul 2015 - 19 Sep 2015

£10.00 - £38.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

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Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

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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. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“A strange startling, occasionally frustrating, often magical production of Euripides... Whishaw is delicate yet magnetic. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Coolly captivating production... Whishaw convinces us that his Dionysos is a capricious trickster to be reckoned with. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Strange, thrilling, brilliantly cast... The chorus... do glorious justice to Orlando Gough's a capella music. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Whishaw is better than I have ever seen him: insinuating and dangerous... The most perfect portrayal of androgyny. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Remarkable production... undermined by an awkwardness at odds with its searing visions of abandon. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Well-managed coolly rational production of a play that should usher us into the wild irrational realm of the frenziedly daemonic”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Whishaw’s swaggeringly charismatic, easily androgynous, feline rock god of a Dionysus..Could be one of his best performances yet”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Eminently watchable; I’m not sure how memorable. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Ben Whishaw and Bertie Carvel make adept, if low-key, antagonists... but... the production is disappointingly tame. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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