Medea

by Euripides
in a new version by Ben Power

★★★★★
‘Extraordinary. Helen McCrory ascends to greatness’ Sunday Times 

★★★★
‘Spellbinding. Gripping’ Time Out

National Theatre Live broadcast: 4 September, 7pm

Medea

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

I choose to take back my life.
My life.

Helen McCrory returns to the National to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.

Terrible things breed in broken hearts.

Medea will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 4 September. To find your nearest venue visit ntlive.com

Music Written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp – View their website

Get exclusive insights into the production on the National Theatre blog.

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Platforms

View the full programme of Medea Platform talks

 

Photo (Helen McCrory) by Jason Bell

  • War Horse
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Rules for Living. Instruction image for combining people and objects
  • The Beaux' Stratagem - Portrait of an 18th century woman, collaged and retouched
  • The Red Lion. Blurred figure holding a football in a doorway, lit from behind
  • The Motherf**cker with the Hat. Illustration of a head with a hat but no face
  • An Oak Tree. Instructional diagram of one male figure raising and lowering another with their hand, as if by magic
  • Everyman - a figure in a bleak space with cartoon finger pointing down at his head
  • We Want You to Watch. Female head with wide open mouth and wide open mouths for eyes
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • Three Days in the Country: A woman's arms against a tree trunk
  • Our Country's Good: illustration of a figure in the distance with a manacle on the fore-ground
  • People, Places and Things. Superimposed photo of a woman's head with her face repeated twice, once in red once blue
  • Jane Eyre. Woman in a pale dress with an image of flames projected onto her
  • National Youth Theatre: Consensual.  2 teenagers in school uniform, one with her hand over the boys mouth
  • National Youth Theatre: Wuthering Heights, Title in black, over a photo of a young woman dancing in a nightclub
  • National Youth Theatre: The Merchant of Venice, Title in white, over a B&W photo of a V for Vendetta mask
  • Husbands and Sons. Photo of Anne-Marie Duff
  • The Comedy of Errors. Watercolour illustration
  • As You Like It. Photo of Rosalie Craig
  • Waste. Image: Charcoal on paper a man's head, smudged, by Valentin van der Meulen. ‘Untitled 07’. 2013.
  • I  Want My Hat Back. Cartoon animals in black agaist an orange background
  • Evening at the Talk House. A decomposing dessert on a cake stand
  • Here We Go, shadowy, blurred figures, blue against a white background
  • wonder.land - a grinning cartoon cat