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Shakespeare’s Globe

The Lightning Child

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A modern take on Euripides' The Bacchae, combining crossdressing, drug abuse, internet porn and classical myth, all told with a Shakespearean disregard for the usual conventions of time and place. Read More >

In ancient Thebes – or is it contemporary London? – worshippers gather to join the orgiastic rites honouring Dionysus. Only the disapproving, woman-hating Pentheus seeks to put a stop to the fun. Elsewhere, in this ancient/modern city, the addicts Drax and Shug and the musician Louise and her flatmate Antonia are drawn towards their own forms of retribution.

From the inventive and anarchic team who brought The Frontline to the Globe in 2008 and 2009 comes a modern take on Euripides’ The Bacchae, combining crossdressing, drug abuse, internet porn and classical myth, all told with a Shakespearean disregard for the usual conventions of time and place.

Contains filthy language and strong content.

 

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 14/09/2013

Opening Night: 18/09/2013

Closing Night: 12/10/2013

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Moyo Akandé, Sheila Atim, Geoff Aymer, Bette Bourne, Jonathan Chambers, Tommy Coleman , Phil Cumbus, Harry Hepple, Jess Murphy, Colin Ryan, Coral Messam, Clifford Samuel, Cat Simmons, Clemmie Sveaas, Finty Williams

Creative

Director - Matthew Dunster

Designer - Paul Wills

Author - Ché Walker

Music By - Arthur Darvill

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