By Jean Racine, in a version by Ted Hughes SAT 9 OCTOBER 2010 at 1:00pm and SUN 10 OCTOBER at 1:00pm* Phèdre, starring Helen Mirren, was a huge success when it launched the first National Theatre Live season in 2009 to a worldwide audience of over 50,000 people. This is a unique opportunity to see an encore screening of Phèdre. Phèdre: Helen Mirren (The Queen), Hippolytus: Dominic Cooper (The History Boys), Oenone: Margaret Tyzack
Director: Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, The Madness of King George)
Phèdre draws its inspiration from Greek mythology. Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing her husband, Theseus, to be dead, Phèdre confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns alive and well, Phèdre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage. * Check with your local participating cinema for any additional screenings. National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast live performances from Britain’s stages to cinemas worldwide. The first season of events, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phèdre starring Helen Mirren, was seen by over 150,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries. The highly anticipated second season from National Theatre Live opens with Complicite’s award-winning A Disappearing Number.