Olivier Theatre, National, London
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 4 / 5

A thrilling story of pride, glory and betrayal. ​Kae Tempest, the astonishing writer, recording artist and performer, forges an epic new take on Greek legend Philoctetes by Sophocles.

Philoctetes: once a celebrated wartime hero, now a wounded outcast on a desolate island. When a young soldier appears, his hope of escape comes with suspicion.  And as an old enemy also emerges, he is faced with an even greater temptation: revenge.

Director Ian Rickson returns to the National Theatre following his acclaimed, sold-out runs of Translations. The all-female company, including Lesley Sharp as Philoctetes.

Previews from |
4th August 2021
Opening date |
10th August 2021
Closes |
11th September 2021
Categories |
Kae Tempest, from a Greek story by Sophocles
Ian Rickson
Rae Smith
Coral Messam
Rae Smith
Cast list:
Claire-Louise Cordwell, Eska Mtungwazi, Amie Francis, Sutara Gayle, Anastasia Hille, Jennifer Joseph, Sarah Lam, Penny Layden, Kayla Meikle, Gloria Obianyo, Lesley Sharp, Naomi Wirthner

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of Paradise


This summer’s barrage of theatre openings comes to an unexpectedly heady climax with Paradise, the poet and polymath Kae Tempest’s brave and bruising modern-day adaptation of Sophocles’s Philoctetes. Marking the first show in 18 months or so to open at the National Theatre to full capacity, Ian Rickson’s production reminds us of this director’s singular gift for theatrical transliteration and, indeed, translation, as reflected in his magnificent revival at this same... Read more

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