Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new translation of Jean Racine’s chef-d’oeuvre.
The gripping Natural Perspectives and Wilton’s Music Hall critically acclaimed production directed by Irina Brown with soundscapes by Sarah Llewellyn.
Desire. Power. Ambition. Politics
An ambitious mother. A rebellious son.
An orphaned heir to the throne of Rome.
Part political thriller, part family drama, Britannicus depicts twenty-four hours in the life of Emperor Nero that were to change the course of Roman history.
‘It makes for a fantastically volatile production, which leaves one glued to the actors’ eyes, desperate for clues as to who will turn, and in what direction, next’.
**** Miriam Gillinson, Time Out – full review
‘The well-spoken production moves swiftly onward revealing its characters’ Byzantine scheming, scenes sometimes separated by Sarah Lewellyn’s cacophonous music and sound that stridently sustain its momentum’
**** Howard Loxton, The British Theatre Guide – Full review
‘Sian Thomas‘ Agrippina is fabulously venomous and deceitful, her commanding posture saying it all.
Matthew Needham‘s Nero is similarly gripping – vicious and childlike all in one, his psyche impossible to penetrate.’
**** Miriam Zendle, Whats On Stage – Full review
‘Once shunned by the British theatre, Racine is edging back into fashion. It is well worth the detour to London’s East End to catch Irina Brown’s modern-dress revival of this austere 1669 masterpiece. . .’
****Michael Billington, Guardian – Full review