Mike Bartlett to Write and Direct New Version of Euripides' Medea for U.K. Tour

News   Mike Bartlett to Write and Direct New Version of Euripides' Medea for U.K. Tour
 
Mike Bartlett, currently represented Off-Broadway by Cock, is to direct a new version of Euripides' Medea that he has also written, for a production co-produced by Headlong, Glasgow's Citizens Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre.

It will begin performances at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre Sept. 27, prior to an official opening Oct. 2, for a run through Oct. 13, then transfer to Watford's Palace Theatre, beginning performances Oct. 16 prior to an official opening Oct. 18 for a run through Oct. 27. It will then tour under Headlong's auspices to Newcastle, Cardiff, Warwick, Richmond and Exeter.

In this modern version of the classic revenge tragedy, Bartlett transforms the wronged everywoman of Greek mythology into a recognizable and fallible woman of today. When Medea's husband Jason leaves her for a younger woman, her future seems futile without him.  Alone in her marital home, she can't work, can't sleep and increasingly can't cope. Unhinged by grief, while her son plays she plots a terrible vengeance. According to press materials, the play explores the private fury bubbling under public behavior and how in today's world a mother, fuelled by anger at her husband's infidelity, might be driven to commit the worst possible crime.

Bartlett's previous work for Headlong includes Decade, Earthquakes in London and a new commission for 2013. In addition to Cock, originally premiered at the Royal Court and now  Off-Broadway, he is also currently represented by his adaptation of Chariots of Fire that has transferred from Hampstead Theatre to the West End's Gielgud Theatre.

Casting is still to be announced.

For further details, visit http://headlongtheatre.co.uk.

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