BAFTA and Olivier nominated actress Lesley Sharp plays heroic warrior Philoctetes, who is on his way to fight in the Trojan war with his fabled bow and arrow. Instead, after a venomous snake bite, he is left to die remote island of Lemnos. Stranded and wounded, he stays for 10 years. When a seer predicts that the Greeks need Philoctetes' famed bow and arrow in order to win the war, visitors return to the island. But Philoctetes' hope of rescue is cut through with fury at his abandonment and thirst for revenge.
The gender-blind casting and epic scale of the Oliver stage suggest a fresh but suitably epic interpretation of the story. We expect innovation and fusion of genres from Kae Tempest, who won the Ted Hughes award for their ground-breaking medley of street poetry, rap and classical myth in Brand New Ancients.
|What||Paradise, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
04 Aug 21 – 11 Sep 21, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£20 - £60|
|Website||Click here to book tickets|