Phaedra(s)
Drama

Barbican

Phaedra(s)

09 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2016

£16.00 - £50.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

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Phaedra burns with illicit desire for her stepson. But even in the closest physical proximity, her loved one remains as inaccessible as ever.

Krzysztof Warlikowski, Artistic Director of Warsaw’s Nowy Teatr, reconstructs classical plays with a radical fervour that puts his controversial work at the cutting edge of progressive European theatre. Passionate about the Greeks, he now turns to a mysterious queen – and her many incarnations. Basing his new production on the provocative text of Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love and incorporating extracts from J M Coetzee’s novel Elizabeth Costello, he also introduces fresh material in collaboration with the gifted Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad.

Embodying one of Greek mythology’s most enigmatic characters, French screen and stage actress Isabelle Huppert makes a rare London appearance to play Phaedra, her story relocated to a modern world.

Performed in French with English surtitles

Ages 16+ 

 

Barbican [Off West End]

“[Huppert} is staggeringly beautiful, magnificent and mesmeric... I was never less than intrigued... It looks stunning. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Total stage-goddess territory for Huppert... With Szczesniak's clinical set playing a major part in this spellbinding production”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“For some it will be the epitome of Gallic self-indulgence, but Huppert is so mesmerising that she largely gets away with it. ”

Kate Maltby (The Times)

“Grandiose, artsy European theatre writ very large... Allows Huppert to show her full, devastating range. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“A performance of astonishingly uninhibited physicality in this bizarre theatrical collage... Huppert’s magnetic... Punitive. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Huppert... one of the world’s most skilful actors... delivers the deep emotional punch... Multi-mediaed up to its eyeballs. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“A tour de force of extraordinary physical abandon and mesmeric skill... Contrives to arouse admiration and irritation by turns. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Dense and depraved... Huppert somehow emerges with her reputation as fearlessly committed actress intact. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Infuriating... some eye-poppingly misjudged choices... Frequently sags under the compendious weight of ill-focused ideas. ”

Tom Wicker (Time Out, The Stage, Telegraph)

“[Huppert] shows her range... Warlikowski equates emotional truthfulness and histrionic excess. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Huppert... is fascinating when wraithlike and when wrathful. But there is no dynamic between the pieces... A few shrewd episodes”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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