An industrial port of a war-torn city. Women survivors wait to be shipped abroad. Officials come and go. A grandmother, once Queen, watches as her remaining family members are taken from her one by one. The city burns around them.
Euripides' great anti-war tragedy is published in Don Taylor's translation features an introduction by the translator setting the play in its historical and dramaturgical context.
One of Euripides' great tragedies being produced at the National Theatre from November to MarchDirected by one of the leading directors, Katie MitchellThis will be a big production with all the attendant publicity and marketing, and a Platform event with the directorEuripides' work is studied on Drama, Classics and Literature coursesAs an anti-war play it has a strong contemporary potency
Euripides was born near Athens circa 480 BC and grew up during the years of the Athenian recovery af ter the Persian Wars. His first play was presented in 455 BC and he wrote some hundred altogether of which nineteen survived. He died in 406 BC at the court of the King of Macedon.