For some critics, it was well worth the wait as a tour-de-force performance by Higgins in the title role in Frank McGuinness’ new version of Racine’s 1677 piece of classical tragedy (directed and designed by Tom Cairns) stole the show. However, some were less impressed with the translation and staging.
The king is missing, presumed dead. His warrior son is braced for inheritance but is betrayed by his heart. Phaedra, the tormented queen, has a terrifying secret that will shake Athens to its core. Based on Euripides’ Hippolytus, Racine’s Phaedra reveals the devastating potential of love and the brutality of human nature. The cast also features Sean Campion, Michael Feast and Linda Bassett, as well as Marcella Plunkett, Lucy-Anne Holmes and Janet Whiteside.
- by Caroline Ansdell