Helen Mirren in Epidaurus
In a production by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Helen Mirren performs Phèdre by Racine in a version by Ted Hughes for two nights, on July 10 and 11 at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The great actrice takes the title role in this savage play by Jean Racine, translated into muscular free verse by the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes.
Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phèdre confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare.
When Theseus returns, alive and well, Phèdre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.
Direction: Nicholas Hytner
Designer: Bob Crowley
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Sound Designer/ Music: Adam Cork
Company Voice Work: Kate Godfrey
Staff Director: Nadia Fall
Stage Manager: David Milling
Deputy Stage Manager: Anna Hill
Assistant Stage Manager: Ian Farmery
Costume Supervisor: Christine Rowland
Surtitles: Christina Pangoureli
Hippolytus: Dominic Cooper
Theramene: John Shrapnel
Oenone: Margaret Tyzack
Panope : Wendy Morgan
Aricia: Ruth Negga
Ismene: Chipo Chung
Theseus: Stanley Townsend
Phedre’s son: Giorgos Liakopoulos