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Britannicus
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Britannicus

From 13/10/2011 at 18:30 to 19/11/2011 at 22:00

 

By Jean Racine in A New Translation by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Desire. Power. Ambition. Politics.


Part political thriller, part family drama, Britannicus depicts twenty-four hours in the life of Emperor Nero that were to change the course of Roman history. Agrippina, widow of the Emperor Claudius, has paved the way for her son Nero to succeed to the throne ahead of his step-brother Britannicus. But as Nero's taste for power grows stronger, Agrippina struggles to keep control of her son as he edges Rome ever closer to catastrophe.

A savage dissection of what happens when the personal and political worlds collide, Racine's classic play is brought to life in a new translation by Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Award-winner Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country's Good, Three Birds Alighting on a Field). It is directed by Irina Brown (Further than the Furthest Thing, National; Bird of Night, Royal Opera House; War and Peace at the Circus, Giffords Circus).

"Tragedy at its most fierce and unrelenting" Guardian on Irina Brown's production of Wertenbaker's Jenufa.

"A wonderfully poetic text… work of the highest calibre" Toronto Star on Wertenbaker's translation of Racine's Phedre.

"I can think of few if any other dramatists who could give so rounded an account of so immediate yet permanent a topic." The Times on Wertenbaker's Credible Witness

"Wertenbaker's writing is always striking, and here there was ferocious power" The Guardian on Wertenbaker's Dianeira.

Cast:
Jude Akuwudike
Zoë Aldrich
Christopher Colquhoun
Matthew Needham
Sian Thomas
Alexander Vlahos
Hara Yannas

Creative Team:
Director Irina Brown
Designer Chloe Lamford
Lighting Designer Simon Mills
Composer Sarah Llewellyn
Casting Pippa Ailion
Movement Director Marcin Rudy
Voice Work Barbara Houseman


Presented by Wilton's Music Hall and Natural Perspective Theatre Company.
Commission supported by Arts Council England, Newbury Corn Exchange and Brighton Dome.

Image of Sian Thomas and Matthew Needham by Simon Annand

Booking Information:
Dates
Previews: Thursday 13th - Wednesday 19th October
Run: Friday 21st - Saturday 19th November*

Times
Tues - Sat 7:30pm
Thurs and Sat matinees 2:30pm

*Please note there will be no show on Thursday 20th October, Tuesday 8th November or Thursday 17th November.

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COMMENTS:

20/10/2011 - irene.ball said :

C'est dommage qu'on joue si peu Racine aujourd'hui.

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