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Five compelling reasons to see Medea at the Barbican

We discover five reasons why this cutting-edge adaptation is a must-see this March


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Internationaal Theater Amsterdam arrive at the Barbican with Simon Stone's thrilling new adaptation of Euripide's Medea, and we could not be more excited. Find out why this edge-of-your-seat play should simply not be missed.


1. Simon Stone

Stone is the Australian director known for reinventing the classics. His production of Yerma with Billie Piper won multiple Olivier Awards, and now he returns to the Barbican following his five-star run of The Wild Duck there in 2014.



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2. The Medea complex

This is the tale of a mother trapped on the brink of losing everything. Based around Euripides's poetic tragedy from 431BC, it is further inspired by the true story of Debora Green, who was charged with the murder of her children after she set her house on fire in 1995.


3. Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

The phenomenal ensemble, formerly Toneelgroep Amsterdam (the troupe led by visionary director Ivo van Hove) are back at the Barbican after their notable residency in 2017 (Obsession, Roman Tragedies and After the Rehearsal/Persona).



4. Marieke Heebink

'In the end I think I've found the reason why she does it: she's excluded from her children, from her job which is very important to her identity, and excluded from her life.' Marieke Heebink (winner of Dutch acting award, the Theo d'Or) plays the central character of Anna, a former doctor and a mother.


5. Audiences become witnesses to the most shocking act

With live video and riveting performances by the whole ensemble, audiences are invited into the family home for a taut, edge-of-your-seat play that will leave you breathless.



© Sanne Peper
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