Theatre

Medea

16 - 27 October 2012

Watford Palace Theatre, Headlong Theatre and Citizens Theatre Glasgow in association with Warwick Arts Centre present

Medea

"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 at home, Medea can't work, can't sleep, and increasingly can't cope. While her child plays, she plots revenge.

This new and startlingly modern version of Euripides' classic tragedy explores how in today's world a mother, fuelled by anger at her husband's infidelity, might be driven to commit the worst possible crime...

Mike Bartlett is one of the UK’s most exciting writers, receiving critical acclaim for his plays including Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National), Love, Love, Love (Royal Court/Paines Plough) and the new West End stage version of Chariots of Fire.


WEEKDAY EVENINGS AND MATINEES:
£20, £17.50, £11.50 (Concessions: £4 off)

Senior Citizens: half price on matinees

SAT EVE: £22.50, £19.50, £15, £12
Concessions: £2 off (excludes Premium)

PREMIUM SEATS: £33 (Sat eve only)
Enjoy the best seats in the house, a complimentary programme and a drink in our Premium guest area
(Seat-only also available for £28)

Rumour Members £5 on Monday 22 and Wednesday 24 Oct

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)


Adapter and Director Mike Bartlett

Writer-in-residence at the National Theatre in 2011, and the Royal Court in 2007. Mike has written seven plays for BBC Radio, winning the Writer's Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking and his three-part television series, The Town, will broadcast later in the year on ITV1.

Productions for Headlong: Decade, Earthquakes in London.

Directing credits include: Honest (Northhampton Royal and Derngate); Thrown (Rough Cut – Royal Court Theatre); Class (Tristan Bates Theatre).

Other writing credits include: Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre and West End); 13 (National Theatre); Love, Love, Love (Royal Court / Paines Plough); Cock (Royal Court - Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre); Artefacts (Bush) and My Child (Royal Court)

 

Associate Director Kate Hewitt

Kate was Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic (Wild Swans) and was Associate Director for Electra (Gate Theatre & Latitude). Assistant Director credits include: Wild Swans (Young Vic & ART Boston, USA); Clybourne Park (Wyndham's Theatre & Royal Court); Through a Glass Darkly (Almeida); Breathing Irregular (Gate Theatre). Kate co-founded You Need Me international theatre company and co-created their debut shows: How it Ended (Arcola & Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Certain Dark Things (Tobacco Factory & Underbelly, Edinburgh) Kate has two years Lecoq physical theatre training from L.I.S.P.A and a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths University London.

 

Designer Ruari Murchison

Ruari has designed productions in Washington DC (USA), Opera Cava & FNO (Finland), The Stratford Festival (Canada), Stuttgart (Germany), Luzern (Switzerland), Haarlem (Holland), Elisnore (Denmark). London work includes productions at Watford Palace Theatre, The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court, The Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre Club, The Drill Hall, Soho Theatre, and Greenwich. He has worked in major regional theatres including, Nottingham Playhouse, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatr Clwyd, Birmingham Rep, Bristol Old Vic.

Read about his work for Watford Palace Theatre here

 

Lighting Designer Johanna Town

Productions for Headlong: Romeo and Juliet.

Other Theatre credits include: The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse); Moon on A Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre); Blue Heart Afternoon, Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Theatre); What the Butler Saw, Betrayal, Speaking in Tongues, Fat Pig (West End); Some Like it Hip Hop (ZooNation); Charged (Soho); Miss Julie, Beautiful Thing, Private Lives, The Glass Menagerie, A Raisin in the Sun (Manchester Royal Exchange); Man In The Middle (Theatre 503); The Deep Blue Sea / Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre).


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Rachael Stirling - Medea

Rachael's recent theatre credits include:Variation on a Theme (Finborough Theatre); Medea (Watford Palace Theatre and Touring); The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse); An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre, West End); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston); and The Priory (Royal Court). Her recent film credits include: Sixteen, Snow White & the Huntsman (Universal) and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (BBC Films). Her television credits include: The Game (BBC); The Bletchley Circle (Series 1 & 2, ITV); The Detectorists (Channel X/BBC); and Dr Who (BBC).

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Adam Levy - Jason

Adam Levy's theatre credits include for Headlong Angels in America ( Lyric Hammersmith and tour). Other credits include most recently The Sunshine Boys (Savoy) Henry V and Edmond for the National Theatre, Henry IV Part I, Richard II and Beauty and the Beast for the Royal Shakespeare Company and for Regent's Park Theatre his credits include Oh! What a Lovely War, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream. His television credits include Rome, Lewis and Coronation Street. On film his credits include Gladiator, Mercenaries and Being Considered.

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Lu Corfield - Sarah

Lu Corfield's theatre credits include Days of Significance (RSC), The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic/Royal Court) and Sports Day (Arcola Theatre). Her many television credits include Watson and Oliver (BBC), Rev (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Candy Cabs (BBC), Girl Friday (BBC) Eastenders (BBC) and Nighty Night also for the BBC.

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Christopher Ettridge - Carter

Christopher Ettridge's theatre credits include Cardenio (RSC), The City Madam (RSC) The Marat/Sade (RSC), Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Heroes (Watermill Theatre), His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Hapgood (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Talking to Terrorists (Out of Joint/Royal Court) and Democracy (National Theatre). His television and film credits include Goodnight Sweetheart and Hitler: The Rise of Evil.

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Paul Brendan - Workman

Paul Brendan's theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard, King Lear and Richard II all at the Tabacco Factory, Brooklyn (Arcola Theatre), Complicit (The Old Vic), Moliere (National Theatre Studio and Finborough), The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic) and The Threepenny Opera (Bristol Old Vic).

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Amelia Lowdell - Pam

Amelia Lowdell's theatre credits include Seize the Day (Tricycle), The Frontline (Shakespeare's Globe), Oxford Street (Royal Court) and Great Expectations (Royal Exchange). Television credits include Case Sensitive (ITV), Stepping Up (BBC), Injustice (ITV), The Shadowline (BBC) and Silent Witness. Film credits include Essex Boys and Elephant Juice.

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Paul Shelley - Andrew

Paul Shelley's theatre credits include for Headlong Earthquakes in London. Other credits include Moonlight (Donmar), As You Like It (Rose Theatre), A Voyage Round My Father (Playhouse), The Family Reunion (Donmar), and Macbeth (Chichester/Wyndhams and BAM). Television and film credits include Midsomer Murders (ITV), Heartbeat (ITV) and Macbeth.


"Compelling viewing... cleverly realised... thrilling"

The Times

"Everything about this production is smart and lightly done"

The Independent

"Brave and brilliant...the whole show sometimes seems to be walking a high-wire between breathtaking genius and complete absurdity... thrilling to watch."

The Scotsman

"Remarkable... carries an often shuddering power"

The Telegraph

"Shocking and funny... there are an unexpected number of laughs"

The Guardian

"Bartlett directs with authorial conviction"

Daily Express

"Robust power and clever staging"

The Stage

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