Child-murderer, illegal immigrant, witch, scorned wife, deportee, serial killer or proto-feminist hero?
Euripides’ Medea, the most controversial woman in Greek tragedy, has fascinated and horrified audiences for the last 2500 years. Medea has betrayed her family and her country to help Jason win the Golden Fleece, escaping to his palace in Corinth. But as the play opens, Jason has abandoned Medea, now the mother of his children, to marry a Greek princess. Ordered to leave the country, Medea begs one day’s grace – and uses it to plot her revenge. The 40th Cambridge Greek Play continues a long tradition dating from the 1880s, harnessing professional theatrical and academic expertise to interpret Greek tragedy for new audiences.
Annie Castledine (director of the acclaimed 2004 Cambridge production of Oedipus) returns alongside a new and exciting co-director, Clive Mendus. The production is set in 1912 against the background of the suffragette movement, highlighting resonant historical parallels. In Euripides’ Medea, the force and rhythms of the Greek language combined with original music, staging and design will make for an unforgettable experience.
The production took place at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on 10-13 October 2007, 2.30 and 7.45pm. 4737 tickets were sold. Talks for school groups were given at West Rd Concert Hall at 11.30am on the 10th-12th. An academic symposium took place in Queens’ College on the afternoon of the 14th.
- Nurse: Frances Stevenson
- Tutor: Holly Strickland
- Medea: Marta Zlatic
- Creon: Matthew Hiscock
- Jason: Misha Verkerk
- Aegeus: Robert Lloyd-Parry
- Messenger: Virigina Corless
- Chorus-leader: Laura Stewart
- Chorus: Stephanie Bain, Amy Gwilliam, Joan Iyiola, Chloe Massey, Rosalind Quick, Bea Walker
- Children: James Young, William Young, James Lord, Laurence van Someren
- Attendant: Oliver Rose
- Director: Annie Castledine
- Codirector: Clive Mendus
- Designer: Ingvill Fossheim
- Design consultant: Stephen Brimson-Lewis
- Composer: Elspeth Brooke
- Lighting Designer: Ben Payne
- Sound Designer: Andrew Pontzen
- Language Coaches: Anthony Bowen, James Diggle
- Assistant Directors: Rosalind Parker, Oliver Rose
- Production Assistant: Olga Tribulato
- Deputy Stage Manager: Claire Stocks
- Assistant Stage Managers: Juliet Cowen, Helen Doyle, Christine Norman
- Surtitle Translation: Claire Stocks
- Publicist: Andrew Pontzen
- Graphic Designer: Andrew Pontzen
- Assistant Publicists: James Clackson, Juliet Cower, Rebecca Coxall
- Sculptor: Benjamin Ellingsen Wardrobe
- Supervisor: Charlotte Espiner
- Wardrobe Assistant: Winnie Smith
- Production Manager: Ray Cross
- Producer: Rupert Thompson
- Oboe: Meg Gardiner
- Harp: Catherine Porter
- Percussion: Brandon Green
Ed Rice, Varsity
Marta Zlatic and Misha Verkerk as Medea and Jason showed an effortless command of the language, and their final showdown after Medea had killed her children was as powerful and heart-wrenching as anything I have seen performed in English… An innovative, assured and poetic production, not to mention an impressive feat.