Phaedra’s Love

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About the Show Less...

Kane's radical retelling of Seneca's tragedy thrusts classical theatre's off-stage violence directly to centre stage. Read More >

Phaedra's LoveCynical and bored heir-to-the-throne, Hippolytus, is not a fan of the world in which he lives. He sees it as both hypocritical and without morals. He rejects the outside world and instead fills his life with sex, television, masturbation and hamburgers, yet none of this satisfies him. His stepmother, Phaedra, has a burning desire for Hippolytus. When the world-shunning heir also rejects her love, it sparks a chain of events that eventually delivers Hippolytus what he longs for.

Sarah Kane’s writing divided and shocked her audiences, but is now considered central to modern European theatre. Phaedra’s Love has only been seen once before in the UK; when Kane directed it herself at the Gate.

Phaedra’s Love is directed by Anne Tipton, the 2004 winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award for Young Directors.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 16/11/2005

Closing Night: 26/11/2005

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Cast & Creative


Director - Anne Tipton

Producer - Bristol Old Vic, BITE:05, Barbican and the Young Vic as part of Young Genius

Author - Sarah Kane

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