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by Kate Tempest
a new version of Philoctetes by Sophocles

Running Time: tbc


Ian Rickson (Translations) directs Kate Tempest's powerful new version of the Greek legend, with a cast including Lesley Sharp.

In a cave on a desolate island lives Philoctetes: once a wartime hero, now a wounded outcast.

Stranded for ten years, he sees a chance of escape when a young solider appears with tales of Philoctetes’ past glories.

But with his hope comes suspicion and, as an old enemy emerges, he is faced with an even greater temptation: revenge.

Kate Tempest has a gift for shattering and transcending convention.
New York Times


500x£20 seats at every show

Following advice from Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the performance of Paradise on Tuesday 30 June has been cancelled.
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Winner of the Ted Hughes Award, nominated for the Costa Book Award for Poetry, and twice-nominated for the Mercury Prize, Kate Tempest (Brand New Ancients, Let Them Eat Chaos) is an astonishing writer, recording artist and performer.

Her powerful new version of the Greek tragedy Philoctetes is directed by Ian Rickson (Translations) with Lesley Sharp as the mighty warrior.


Production supported by Areté Foundation, Betsy & Ed Cohen

Talks and Events

Exploring Paradise, Philoctetes and Ancient Greek Theatre Fri 10 July, 2pm, £35/£20/£7.50
Writer Kate Tempest Wed 26 Aug, 6pm, £9/£6

Further talks and events to be announced later in the year.


Production team

Paradise ticket prices

Ticket prices - 500 x £20 seats at every performance

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£86, £66, £56, £46, £36, £20
Friday & Saturday eves
£89, £69, £59, £49, £39, £20
Previews 30 June - 6 July
£69 – £20


Paradise Access performances

Access performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Sat 1 August, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Wed 29 July, 7.30pm

Smart caption glasses

Smart Caption Glasses will be available for performances from Friday 10 July, 7.30pm

Smart caption glasses are a revolutionary new way for people with hearing loss to enjoy performances at the National Theatre. For the first time, service users can experience our productions, including this one, from any seat in any theatre.

Find out about smart caption glasses

Photography (Lesley Sharp) by Alex Telfer

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