Phaedra Tickets

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, London
Booking to 8 April 2023
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★★★★★ “Janet McTeer is mighty in Simon Stone’s electric remaking… unlike anything I’ve experienced before” – The Observer

Tony and Olivier Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Ozark, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Doll’s House) stars in this new adaptation of Phaedra at the National Theatre.

Writer-Director Simon Stone (Yerma at the Young Vic) reimagines the famous Greek tragedy, after versions by Euripides, Seneca and Racine.

Joining McTeer are Assaad Bouab (Call My Agent) making his UK stage debut and Mackenzie Davis (Station Eleven, Blade Runner 2049).

Phaedra runs from 1 February 2023 until 8 April 2023 in the Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre London.

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What's the story of Phaedra?

In a house of glass, one must not throw stones.

After years of fierce focus on her political career, Phaedra turns her attention to her personal life.

The reappearance of her step-son shakes the foundations of her house and the beliefs that have underpinned her power. 

As buried lust and loneliness surge to the surface, Phaedra’s actions threaten to destroy everything she has built.

Who is in the cast of Phaedra?

Phaedra stars Janet McTeer, Assaad Bouab and Mackenzie Davis

Completing the cast are: John Macmillan, Rhys Bailey, Archie Barnes, Paul Chahidi, Mackenzie Davis, Nicholas Gauci, Mohsen Ghaffari, Akiya Henry, Johanne Murdock, Nadia Nadif, Emmanuel Olusanya, Sirine Saba and Dot Williams

Who are the creative team of Phaedra?

Directed by Simon Stone with set design by Chloe Lamford, costume design and associate set design by Mel Page, lighting design by James Farncomb, music and sound design by Stefan Gregory, casting by Alastair Coomer CDG.Associate director is Nimmo Ismail, intimacy coordinator is Ingrid Mackinnon, dialect coach is Danièle Lydon.

A new play by Simon Stone, after Euripides, Seneca and Racine.

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Reviews of Phaedra

★★★★★ "Janet McTeer is mighty in Simon Stone’s electric remaking of myth... unlike anything I’ve experienced before." - The Observer
★★★★ "Stunningly sharp update" - The Times
★★★★ "Gobsmackingly audacious" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "Janet McTeer is riveting in a wry, stylish take on sexual obsession" - The Independent
★★★★ "Janet McTeer’s fatally attracted politician crowns a night of visionary elan" - The Telegraph

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 8 April 2023
Running time
2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Important Notes

Phaedra Access performances:  Captioned performance – Saturday 18 February at 2.15pm; Wednesday 15 March at 7.30pm; Wednesday 5 April at 2.15pm; Audio-described performances -Thursday 23 February at 7.30pm with a Touch Tour at 6pm; Saturday 1 April at 2.15pm with a Touch Tour at 12.45pm; Call the Access line on 020 7452 3961 to book Touch Tours; BSL interpreted performance -Tuesday 28 March at 7.30pm; Chilled performance – Wednesday 22 March at 2.15pm

Content warning: Please note: This is a multilingual production with English surtitles. It also contains offensive language, sexual references, nudity, description of graphic violence and self harm, depiction of suicide and themes which some people may find upsetting. There will be periods of sustained darkness throughout the performance.

Venue Information

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1

Ticket Information

Official London Theatre tickets for  Phaedra at the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, London

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News about Phaedra

Janet McTeer to play Phaedra at the National Theatre, more 2023 shows announced including Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Romeo & Julie
The National Theatre has announced that a new production of Seneca’s tragedy Phaedra is opening next year, starring Janet McTeer. Writer-Director Simon Stone (Yerma at the Young Vic) is set to reimagine the famous Greek tragedy, after versions by Euripides, Seneca and Racine. Alongside  Janet McTeer (Ozark) in the title role, will be Assaad Bouab (Call My Agent) making his UK stage debut. The play will run from 1 February to 8 April 2023 in the Lyttelton Theatre. Also coming to the National Theatre next year will be Sheffield Theatres' production of new musical Standing at the Sky's Edge. Set to the songs of legendary Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, and with a book by Chris Bush, the musical is a heartfelt exploration of the power of community and what it is we call home. The show will be directed by Robert Hastie, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, and play in the Olivier Theatre from 9 February to 25 March 2023. Standing at the Sky’s Edge won Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards and a 2020 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre following its sell-out run at the Crucible in Sheffield. The cast will include Darragh Cowley, Ahmed Hamad, Samuel Jordan, Bobbie Little, Robert Lonsdale, David McKechnie, Maimuna Memon, Baker Mukasa, Alastair Natkiel, Faith Omole, Adam Price, Nicola Sloane, Jake Small, Deborah Tracey, Rachael Wooding and Alex Young. The creative team will include set and costume design by Ben Stones, choreography by Lynne Page, music supervision, arrangement and orchestrations by Tom Deering, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Bobby Aitken, wigs, hair & make-up design by Cynthia De La Rosa, music direction by John Rutledge, plus the associate choreographer is Thomas Herron, assistant music director is Ehsaan Shivarani, staff directors are Thomas Herron and Elin Schofield and casting is by Stuart Burt CDG. Prior to the National Theatre run, the show will play at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield this Christmas, from 10 December 2022 to 21 January 2023. Coming to the National's Dorfman Theatre from 14 February to 1 April 2023 will be Sherman Theatre's Romeo and Julie, written by Gary Owen and directed by Rachel O’Riordan. The team reunite following their smash-hit production of Iphigenia in Splott, which currently enjoying great acclaim at the Lyric Hammersmith. The new play is part of Sherman Theatre's 50th anniversary season. The cast will include Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin), who is currently starring in Cabaret in the West End, as Romeo, and Rosie Sheehy (Bird – Sherman Theatre, All’s Well That Ends Well  – RSC) as Julie. Finally, a new show for kids is coming to the National. Hamlet Primary Theatre has been reimagined for young audiences by Jude Christian, and will play the Dorfman Theatre from 17 to 28 March 2023. Book tickets to PHAEDRA at the National Theatre in London

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