Medea

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

A group of people staring at the camera

Simon Stone rewrites Euripides’s Medea as a taut, edge-of-your-seat play, finding a contemporary and relatable reality for his masterful modern-day retelling of an average family’s darkest days. 

After involuntary confinement in a psychiatric hospital, Anna, once a successful doctor, is determined to put things right. Willing to forgive her husband’s affair with a younger woman, she wants a fresh start with him and their children. But he has different plans. Sidelined and in danger of losing everything, she is driven into a corner and sees only one way out.  

Marieke Heebink is winner of Dutch acting award, the Theo d’Or, for her central role in this production. Incomparable performances by the renamed Toneelgroep Amsterdam ensemble are magnified at times by live video, turning audiences into silent witnesses. An Australian director who reinvents classics with ‘breathtaking zeal and audacity’ (Financial Times), Stone gained five-star reviews at the Barbican for The Wild Duck in 2014. More recently, his Yerma won multiple Oliviers.
 

Duration: 1 hour 20 mins, no interval
Age guidance: 16+

Performed in Dutch with English surtitles
 

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Reviews

‘This is world-class theatre. A first-rate adaptation, by a first-class director, powered by first-class performances. Exquisitely, brutally bold‘
‘A Medea you will remember‘
Telegraaf (Netherlands)

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