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Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe: Phaedra(s)

Embodying one of Greek mythology’s most enigmatic characters, French actress Isabelle Huppert makes a rare London appearance to play the title character in the UK-premiere of the Barbican and LIFT co-production, Phaedra(s).

Based on the complete text of Sarah Kane’s provocative Phaedra’s Love, Phaedra (Isabelle Huppert) burns with illicit desire for her stepson, but even in the closest physical proximity, her loved one remains as inaccessible as ever.

Krzysztof Warlikowski, the Artistic Director of Warsaw’s Nowy Teatr, reconstructs classical plays with a radical fervour that puts his controversial work at the cutting edge of progressive European theatre. Passionate about the Greeks, his adaptation of Phaedra(s), made of three distinctive sections, incorporates extracts from J M Coetzee’s novel Elizabeth Costello, as well as new material in collaboration with Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad.

Phaedra(s) is performed in French with English surtitles, and the cast comprises Isabelle Huppert, Agata Buzek, Andrzej Chyra, Alex Descas, Gaël Kamilindi, Norah Krief, Grégoire Léauté and Rosalba Torres Guerrero. To coincide with Phaedra(s), Ciné Lumière dedicates a retrospective to Isabelle Huppert with screenings of her most iconic films, and the Barbican Cinema screens Gabrielle, followed by a ScreenTalk with the French actress.

In addition, Isabelle Huppert also introduces a rare screening of Wanda at the Whitechapel Gallery, a 1970 American independent cult movie with which she fell in love, championing and acquiring its rights to support its re-release in France.

Phaedra(s) is co-produced by the Barbican, LIFT 2016, Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – Scène nationale, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de Liège – Belgium and Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens.


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Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe: Phaedra(s) runs from 9 – 18 June 2016.