Set in the present day, but inspired by ancient myth, the play offers a “passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and poorest countries, set in the aftermath of a brutal war”. Faced with an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure and a volatile army, the first democratic president of Thebes, Eurydice (Nikki Amuka-Bird), promises peace to her nation. Without the aid of Theseus (David Harewood), the leader of the vastly wealthy state of Athens, she doesn’t stand a chance. But Theseus is arrogant, mercurial and motivated by profit.
Running as part of the Travelex £10 season, Welcome to Thebes continues in rep until 18 August 2010.