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
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