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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"

The Guardian 



"This thrilling and merciless production leaves you feeling both appalled and strangely elated"

The Telegraph



"Extraordinary. Helen McCrory ascends to greatness"

Sunday Times



"Carrie Cracknell’s production quakes with female rage and powerlessness"



'Helen McCrory triumphs. A piercing, painful vision of passion and betrayal"

Evening Standard


'Takes no prisoners. A remorselessly gripping 90 minutes'

Time Out

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