The Lightning Child

Location: 
West End

In ancient Thebes – or is it contemporary London? – worshippers gather to join the orgiastic rites honouring Dionysus. Only the disapproving, woman-hating Pentheus seeks to put a stop to the fun. Elsewhere, in this ancient/modern city, the addicts Drax and Shug and the musician Louise and her flatmate Antonia are drawn towards their own forms of retribution.

By: 
Che Walker, Songs by Arthur Darvill. A remix Of Euripides’ The Bacchae
Director: 
atthew Dunster
The Lightning Child Schedule
Opening date: 
Saturday, 14 September, 2013
Booking to: 
Saturday, 12 October, 2013

Our Review

Billed as the Globe's first musical, Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill's show does indeed have songs, but along the continuum of formats for musical theatre, this is at that end of the scale where songs are sparse rather than dominating the action. And that makes pretty good sense given that there is more than enough to test audiences in the plot, without encapsulating it entirely in songs. Music... Read more

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