a new version by Mike Bartlett
Tue 13 - Sat 17 Nov 7.30pm
Theatre £24 (£22), £21 (£19), £18 (£16), Under 26s £12 + booking fee
Director: Mike Bartlett
Cast: Rachael Stirling
Production Company: Headlong
“If there’s a God, which at the moment I DOUBT, I want you to curse him. If there’s any justice, I want them – both of them – in a car crash.”
Her husband’s gone and her future isn’t bright. Imprisoned in her marital home, Medea can’t work, can’t sleep, and increasingly, can’t cope. While her child plays, she plots her revenge.
This startlingly modern version of Euripides’ classic tragedy explores the private fury bubbling under public behaviour and how in today’s world a mother, fuelled by anger at her husband’s infidelity, might be driven to commit the worst possible crime. Olivier-nominated actress Rachael Stirling (Tipping the Velvet, The Bletchley Circle) will be performing in the lead role, providing a unique opportunity to see one of this generation’s finest actresses live on the Coventry stage.
The production will be adapted and directed by one of the UK’s most exciting and in-demand young writers Mike Bartlett, who has received critical acclaim for his plays including Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre), Cock (Royal Court/Off-Broadway – Olivier Award), a new stage version of Chariots of Fire and Love Love Love.
“In Rachael Stirling, Bartlett has found a Medea who can both convince as a contemporary woman scorned and reach the dramatic heights the plot demands.” ★★★★★ The Independent
“Compelling viewing” ★★★★ The Times
Running time: 90 mins (no interval)
Praise for Headlong:
“Headlong is one of the jewels of regional theatre” Independent
“A touring company of generous unpredictability” Observer
Dates & Times
|Tue 13 Nov||Theatre||7:30pm|
|Wed 14 Nov||Theatre||7:30pm|
|Thu 15 Nov||Theatre||7:30pm|
|Fri 16 Nov||Theatre||7:30pm|
|Sat 17 Nov||Theatre||7:30pm|
Seating up to 550, audiences are assured of an excellent view of the stage and comfortable seating in this well-designed auditorium. The theatre stages the best national and international plays and performances, as well as contemporary and international dance, music and comedians.