The Almeida Theatre has announced today the full casting for the next production in the Almeida Greeks season –Medea.
This new version by Rachel Cusk and directed by Rupert Goold opens for previews at the theatre from the 25th September. The production brings to life one of drama’s most infamous characters in Euripides story that asks what it really means to be man and wife.
Medea will follow on from current show Bakkhai, starring Ben Whishaw and Bertie Carvel, when the show closes on the 19th September.
Joining the previously announced Kate Fleetwood (High Society,Old Vic Theatre) in the title role, other announced members of the cast include: Michele Austin, Sarah Belcher, Guillarmo Bedward, Amanda Boxer, Richard Cant, Ruth Everett and Georgina Lamb.
The play begins as Medea’s marriage begins to break down – as is everything else. Pushing the limits of revenge and liberty the play cuts to the heart of gender politics.
Design for the production is by Ian MacNeil and features costumes by Holly Waddington. The composition and sound has been created by Adam Cork, while choreography is by Scott Ambler.
The story has been adapted for this production by feminist writer Rachel Cusk, who has won the Whitbread First Novel Award for Saving Agnes and a Somerset Maugham award for The Country Life.
Meanwhile Kate Fleetwood is currently starring in the Old Vic production of High Society but has previously starred in the National Theatre’s production of London Road for which she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards and Rupert Goold’s production of Macbeth for which she was nominated a Tony award when the production transferred to Broadway.
Medea arrives at the Almeida Theatre on the 25th of September, officially opening on the 1st October. It will continue to perform until the 14th November.