by Euripides in a new version by Ben Power
National Theatre 2014
Broadcast worldwide with NT Live
Starring helen McRory, Danny Sapani and Michaela Coel
Designer Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer Lucy Carter
Choreographer Lucy Guerin
Sound design Gregory Clarke
Music Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory
Terrible things breed in broken hearts.
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.
It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
"Carrie Cracknell's version is a tragic force to be reckoned with...avoids quasi-operatic grandeur to present us with a recognisable human being who is alive with contradictions"
"This thrilling and merciless production leaves you feeling both appalled and strangely elated"
"Extraordinary. Helen McCrory ascends to greatness"
"Carrie Cracknell’s production quakes with female rage and powerlessness"
'Helen McCrory triumphs. A piercing, painful vision of passion and betrayal"
'Takes no prisoners. A remorselessly gripping 90 minutes'