NT Live: Phèdre
As part of a brilliant new initiative from the National Theatre of London, Phedre will be shown on cinema screens as a live recording direct from the London stageplay (find out more at nt-online.org). Screenings are limited.
Helen Mirren (The Queen, State of Play) takes the title role in this savage play by Jean Racine, translated into free verse by the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes. Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phedre confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns alive and well, Phedre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.