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02 November – 05 December

As part of our ICONS AND IDOLS Season

Medea

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

DATES & TIMES

GATECRASHER DATES £10
  • Monday          02  November  7:30pm 
    Tuesday         03  November  7:30pm 
    Wednesday    04  November  7:30pm 
    Saturday        14  November  3:00pm
    Saturday         21  November  3:00pm
    Thursday        26  November  3:00pm
    Saturday        28  November   3:00pm
    Thursday        03 December  3:00pm
    Saturday        05  December  3:00pm

PRESS NIGHT
  • Monday          09  November  7pm 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S NIGHT Under 26s £7.50
  • Wednesday    18  November  7:30pm

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
  • Thursday        19  November  7:30pm 

GATE LOCAL
  • If you live or work in RBKC and are a first-time 
    Gate audience member, you're in for a treat
     with our exclusive offer of £7.50 tickets for 
    any performance until the 13th Februrary. 
    Quote GATELOCAL when booking tickets 
    online, over the phone or on the counter. 
    You may be asked for proof of address at 
    the Box Office.

Please Note:
  • For all performance dates, please click 
    the Dates & Times tab on the left hand 
    side of the page. There are a limited
    amount of concessions per performance. 

EXTENDED FOR ONE WEEK. Medea will now run until 5th December. Best availability on Friday and Saturday performances. Book now!

 

Two boys are playing a game.
They fight, they laugh, they jump up and down, they play dead.
 

Downstairs, their parents – Medea and Jason – are arguing. As the shouting gets louder, their bedroom will no longer be able to protect them from the violence of the outside world. Their iconic fate, at the hands of their mother, will ensure that they enter mythology as two of the most tragic siblings of all time.
 
Medea is presented in association with Belvoir, Sydney and directed by Anne-Louise Sarks whose original production of the play was highly critically acclaimed. The production turns Euripides’ classic tale on its head – presenting the tragedy from the children’s perspective.
 
Medea was awarded five 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Direction, Best Mainstage Production and Best New Australian Work.  It was also awarded a prestigious Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Stage Play and nominated for four 2013 Helpmann Awards including Best Direction, Best New Australian Work and Best Play.


 

Approx running time: 70 minutes


On Thursday 26th November, we will be joined by Peter Olive for a post-show discussion.


Peter Olive is schools coordinator at Classics for All, a national charity working to establish Classics teaching in state schools.  Since reading Classics at Oxford he has taught in many contexts, and is especially interested in Greek theatre.  He will be speaking about the ancient performance context of Medea and post-Classical reworkings of Euripides' play.  
 

 
 
Medea Education Pack 

Download our
Medea Education Pack for more information about the production and the history of this iconic tragedy.

Accessibility

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All photos c. ikin yum 


Behind the Scenes with Director Anne-Louise Sarks: Find out how rehearsals have been going for Medea
 

Book Tickets

Monday - Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday 3pm 

£20 full price
£15 concessions (senior, student, unwaged, access, union members). There are a limited amount of concessions per performance. 

GATECRASHER: Preview perfomances. Tickets £10

Matinees: Tickets £10 

Press reviews...

New York Times
"The production filters this time-honored tale through a freshly disturbing lens" 

London Theatre 1 - 5 STARS
“this production of Medea was a triumph from start to finish”

The Guardian - 4 STARS
“a production by Anne-Louise Sarks that genuinely makes us see an old play through new eyes.”

The Telegraph - 4 STARS
“Sarks's powerfully naturalistic production is thick with the tension of anticipation.”

Evening Standard - 4 STARS
"I've never seen such accomplished child actors on stage."

The Stage - 4 STARS
“it has an appealing lightness and life to it”

West End Frame - 4 STARS
“Sarks' production is perfectly paced, adorably funny and performed with tragic truth."

Time Out
“Sarks’s production burns brilliantly”

A Younger Theatre
“turns a striking concept into a satisfying production”


And on Twitter....

Genevieve Breitbach ‏@HummingbirdJoy  14h14 hours ago
@gatetheatre Thank you for a genius, magical & ultimately soul-crushing evening with #Medea. A must see, the boys carried it brilliantly.
 
L_e ‏@Llifo  Nov 9
Book your tickets now for MEDEA @gatetheatre - it's an absolute corker.
 
Geraldine Brodie ‏@GeraldineBrodie  Nov 5
@gatetheatre with @Emma_Cole1 watching the brilliant deadly poignance of #Medea. Must return to see other cast!
 
Martin Baker ‏@martinjbaker  Nov 4
Hailing from the lovely @BelvoirSt in Sydney, 'Medea' @gatetheatre is a powerful take on Euripides with talented (and v. funny) kids.
 
Shanine ‏@braintree_  18h18 hours ago
Loved Medea @gatetheatre and hope to see the young actors continue in London theatre, so much potential and more from Emma Beattie.
 
Fergus Morgan ‏@FergusMorgan  Nov 10
Just loved #Medea @gatetheatre last night. Really puts the tragic in Greek tragedy. And two unbelievable performances from the leads.
 
Jonathan F K Neill ‏@JonathanFKNeill  Nov 6
Medea @gatetheatre an imaginative and instructive take on this dark tale from the children's perspective. Haunting, threatening, affecting.
 
Charles ‏@charles_castj1  Nov 6
@gatetheatre Medea last night. Got to see. Two boys keir Edkins-obrien and Bobby Smalldridge brilliant. Worked well together. Amazing.
 
Madelaine Moore ‏@chunchilla  Nov 5
#Medea @gatetheatre is sublime! What amazing performances from the two young actors playing the boys. Accomplished, funny & moving. #mustsee
 
Carmella Brown ‏@CarmellaBrown91  Nov 5
Saw #Medea at @gatetheatre yesterday - concept is utter genius. Not a child actor fan usually but the boys were so charming and playful!
 
 








 

Medea is part of the Jerwood Young Designers Programme, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The Gate's work is made possible by public funding from Arts Council England. 

​We are deeply grateful for the faith in our work shown by our funders.

Samuel trains at The Pauline Quirke Academy (Tonbridge) where his studies include Musical Theatre, Film & TV and Comedy & Drama.
Samuel’s theatre credits include American Dreams (Her Majesty's Theatre),  Fright Night (Her Majesty's Theatre),  Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour). He has appeared in a Sainsbury commercial and a promo for Zinter 3D Printers. Other work includes Puzzled (Short Film), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Workshop), Cinderella Rockerfella, Rock On & Star Paws (EM Forster Theatre Tonbridge). 
Bili trains at Sylvia Young Theatre School.

Credits:

Stage: Edgar in BRACKEN MOOR  (Shared Experience).

He has appeared in the film The Lady in the Van and several commercials for companies including O2, Sainsburys, Clarks, Daily Mirror, Leapstar, Nintendo, John Lewis, Kodak, Anadin, Morrisons, NSPCC, Samsung, Mcdonalds, Natwest, Sonica, Littlewoods Xmas.

He has done voiceover work for Assassins Creed. Other credits include PANRobbie Williams: A Night at the PalladiumXFactorThis Morning (ITV).
 
Bobby’s theatre credits include Oresteia (Almeida Theatre), God Bless the Child (Royal Court Theatre) , Billy Elliot the Musical. Film credits include The Lost City of Z, What We Did on our Holiday, Foster. Television credits include Crossing Lines, Cockroaches, Harry and Paul’s Story of the Two’s, Casualty, Robbie Williams One Night at the London Palladium, Topsy and Time, Deadbeats, Miss Marple, What Shall We Do Today?, Kids Say the Funniest Things. He has appeared in several commercials for companies including Alton Towers, Morrisons and Kellogs.
 
Keir attends Reed’s School and a theatre school on a Saturday and regularly attends Buttercup Agency drama workshops.

Keir’s theatre credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Waiting for Godot (Barbican). Keir also understudied the featured role of Sam and was also part of the chorus for the 800th celebration of the Magna Carta at the Royal Albert Hall. He has also performed at the Royal Opera House as part of the Olivier Awards 2014. Keir’s commercial credits include B&Q and Sainsbury’s. His other credits include the film Abduct and appearing in an online charity film against cruelty to animals.
Emma trained at ALRA and was winner of the 1998 Lilian Baylis Award.

Theatre credits include The Distance (Orange Tree Theatre), The Odyssey (Derby Playhouse), The Last of the Haussmans (National Theatre), Death of a Cyclist (Hotbed Festival - Soho Theatre), Four for Jericho (Pleasance Courtyard), Great Expectations (Watermill Theatre), The Song of Deborah (Lowry Theatre), The Potting Shed (Finborough Theatre), Ivanov (Wyndham's Theatre), The Ruffian on the Stair (Orange Tree Theatre), John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse), The Cut (Donmar Warehouse), King Lear (Pendley Shakespeare Festival) and Hysteria (UK Tour).

Emma’s screen credits include Catastrophe (Channel 4); The Wives Did it (Discovery); Mr Selfridge (BBC); Legacy (Feature).
Lizzy recently graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; prior to training she studied English Literature at Warwick University. Recent designs include The Engineer's Corset (Redgrave Theatre), Allie (Theatre Delicatessen and Guilded Balloon), Treats (Tobacco Factory), set for Love for Love (Bristol Old Vic), and costumes for The Hersey of Love (Bristol Old Vic). She also designed the sets for Pornography at the National Student Drama Festival 2013 and RENT at NSDF 2014. Recently she has assisted on The Shawshank Redemption (Bill Kenwright Ltd), Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage (Out of Joint) and with the National Youth Theatre. Lizzy is very excited for her first time working at The Gate. 
Bella is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of In Tandem Theatre Company.
She trained at Drama Centre London (BA Directing) 2010-2013 and has been a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre since 2014. 
 
Since graduating she has directed work at Theatre 503/Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh (Family Tree), Battersea Arts Centre (My Parents Scratch), The Etcetera Theatre (Low Level Panic), Rosemary Branch (After Liverpool) and Tristan Bates (Most People Are Other People). She has also worked as an Associate Director for Macrobert (Titus - UK tour), Irondale Theatre NY (Color Between The Lines), Gary Kitching & co in association with Greyscale (Dead To Me - Summerhall and UK Tour), and assisted The Traverse Theatre / 59E59 NY (Clean & A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity & 50 Plays for Edinburgh), Greyscale Theatre Company (Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone – UK tour), Northern Stage (I Promise You Sex and Violence) and The Gate (Gate Gala & I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Asshole). 
 
Joshua works as a Lighting and Projection Designer across theatre, dance, opera,
music, film & art installation.

Current Projects: Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Theatre) as Video Designer, Invisible Treasure (Ovalhouse Theatre); The Merchant of Venice, Wuthering Heights, Consensual (Ambassadors Theatre). Recent Lighting credits: The Crocodile (Manchester International Festival); One Arm (Southwark Playhouse); The Trial Parallel (Young Vic); Amadis de Gaulle (Bloomsbury Theatre); Beckett Season (Old Red Lion); The Deluge (UK Tour, Lila Dance); Usagi Yojimbo (Southwark Playhouse); A Streetcar Named Desire Parallel (Young Vic); Trace Elements (UK Tour, Janine Fletcher); Werther (Arcola); Be Here Now (Shoreditch Town Hall, TOOT); Pioneer (UK Tour, Curious Directive); I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep (The Gate), Thumbelina (UK Tour, Dancing Brick); No Place Like Home (TheGate), Pelleas et Melisande (Arcola & Bury Court).

Recent Video & Lighting Credits: Mikvah Project (Yard Theatre); Nicobobinus (UK Tour,Red Ladder); Fox Symphony (Camden People’s Theatre, Foxy & Husk); The Hundred We Are (Yard Theatre, Hobo Theatre); Brothers of Justice (Camden People’s Theatre).
Recent Video Credits: The Hook (Royal and Derngate Theatre and Liverpool Playhouse) as Associate Video Designer; The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time (Gielgud) as Associate Video Designer.

More info at: www.joshuapharo.com

Adrienne is a freelance sound designer and composer. She trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.  

Previous shows include:Splendour, (Donmar Warehouse); Bad Jews (Arts, London); Ghost Train (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Whipping Man  (TRP, Plymouth); The Ladykillers (Watermill); Sex & 3 day week (Liverpool Playhouse); Inside Wagner’s Head (Royal Opera House); Grand Guignol, (Southwark); Juvenalia (Assembly, Edinburgh); Every Last Trick (Spymonkey); Untold Stories (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Goya (Gate Theatre); Tale of Two Cities, Body of an American (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); After Electra (Tricycle Theatre) Get Happy, And the Horse, Fräulein Julie (Barbican); Too Clever, You Can’t Take It With You (Royal Exchange); Merit (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Chekov in Hell (Soho Theatre); The Astronaut’s Chair, Horse Piss for Blood, Nostalgia (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Shawl, The Container  (Young Vic); The Vortex (Rose Theatre, Kingston); The Importance of Being Earnest (Hong Kong Arts Festival); Three Little Pigs (Circo Ridiculoso); One Monkey (Eclipse); Rings of Saturn (Cologne);  The Roundabout (Paines Plough); Stockholm (Frantic Assembly); Thomas Hobbes (Royal Shakespeare Company); 365 (National Theatre Scotland); Woyzeck (St Ann’s, NYC); The Painter (Arcola Theatre); Reykjavik (Roundhouse); 93.2FM (Royal Court); The Fastest Clock (Hampstead Theatre); Faustus, School for Scandal, Volpone, The Duchess of Malfi (Stage on Screen).

www.adriennequartly.com

Pete has worked in Technical theatre for nearly 30 years which has taken him all over the world including off Broadway, working for companies such Backrow Productions, Vanessa Ford Productions, Seabright Productions & the RSC.

These days he works more on large events including 3 Olympic events - London 2012, Sochi 2012 & Azerbaijan 2015 – in various Technical roles & is more than likely heading to Rio 2016.

This is the third show Peter has Production managed for The Gate which also include The Sexual Neuroses Of Our Parents & Car Cemetry. He is very pleased to be back doing Medea.
Charlotte trained at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and is a Freelance Stage Manager who has worked all over the UK, and internationally. She has worked on productions that have received nominations for the Olivier Awards, and won Whatsonstage and Fringe First Awards. In the past year she has worked on productions with Paines Plough, Old Vic New Voices, DryWrite, Soho Theatre, Young Vic/Dance Umbrella, and Look Left Look Right. She is delighted to join The Gate for this production of The Iphigenia Quartet. 
Theatre credits include The 8th (UK tour/Paines Plough); Mudlarks (Bush/ HighTide Festival); 65 Miles, Once Upon a Time in Wigan (Hull Truck/Paines Plough); Hamlet (Young Vic/Maria Theatre); 66 Books, Flooded Grave, Where’s My Seat? (The Bush); The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels); Almost Maine (The Park Theatre); The Separation (Project Arts Centre, Dublin/Theatre 503); Thumbelina (Cambridge Junction); Space Junk (The Lyric Studio); Mydidae (Trafalgar Studios/Soho Theatre); Glory Dazed (Soho Theatre); The Mobile Phone Show (The Lyric Studio); Snow White (The Old Vic & schools tour); Where The Mangrove Grows (Theatre 503); I Heart Peterborough (Pleasance Edinburgh/Soho Theatre); The Pride (Be Me Theatre, Munich); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Broadway Theatre); W11 (The Gate); She Stoops to Conquer (Hoxton Hall); It’s About Time (Nabokov/Latitude); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Guildford Castle); Limehouse Nights (Limehouse Town Hall); Ignite (Complicité/Arts depot); Manor (Soho/Tristan Bates). Film credits include: Outside-In (Take Cover Films); Fred’s Meat (North London Film Awards). 
Anne-Louise is currently Resident Director at Belvoir in Sydney, Australia. From 2010 to 2013 she was Artistic Director of The Hayloft Project. She was previously a director-in-residence at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. Anne-Louise has worked professionally as a director, playwright, actor and dramaturge with Australia's most highly regarded theatre companies including Belvoir, The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, and Melbourne Theatre Company.

For Belvoir Anne-Louise has directed Stories I Want to Tell You in Person and Seventeen, she co-wrote and directed Nora and Medea, Elektra/Orestes and A Christmas Carol. Anne-Louise was assistant director on Simon Stone’s The Wild Duck, and dramaturg on Posts’ Oedipus Schmoedipus, Sisters Grimm’s La Traviata and The Hayloft Project’s Thyestes.

Medea won five Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Direction, Best Mainstage Production and Best New Australian Work. It was also awarded an AWGIE for Best Stage Play and nominated for four 2013 Helpmann Awards including Best Direction, Best New Australian Work and Best Play.
Anne-Louise’s other theatre credits include The Seed (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Nest, Yuri Wells and By Their Own Hands (The Hayloft Project). Her acting credits include The Suicide, By Their Own Hands (B Sharp/ The Hayloft Project/Neon MTC); 3XSisters, The Only Child (The Hayloft Project, Best Independent Production, Sydney Theatre Awards); Return to Earth (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Spook (Malthouse Theatre); and Starchaser (Arena Theatre Company). 
Kate Mulvany is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor. Her most recent play, Masquerade, a reimagining of the much-loved children’s book by Kit Williams, was performed at the 2015 Sydney Festival, the State Theatre Company of South Australia and the 2015 Melbourne Festival. Her autobiographical play The Seed, commissioned by Belvoir Street Theatre, won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Independent Production. With Mulvany performing in the play, it received great critical success, toured nationally and is currently being developed into a feature film.  She also recently adapted Jasper Jones from Craig Silvey’s novel, which premièred for Barking Gecko Theatre Company in 2014 and will be seen at Belvoir and the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2016.

In 2013 her play The Rasputin Affair was shortlisted for the Griffin New Play Award and for The Patrick White Award. Other plays and musicals include; The Danger Age (Deckchair Theatre and La Boîte), The Web (Hothouse and Black Swan Theatre Company), Somewhere (co-written with Tim Minchin for the Joan Sutherland PAC) and Storytime (The Old Fitzroy Theatre) which won her the 2004 Philip Parsons Award. As an actor, Mulvany has performed most recently as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Cassius in Julius Caesar for Bell Shakespeare, and as Lucille McKee in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Kate is currently the Intersticia Fellow at Bell Shakespeare and the Patrick White Fellow at the Sydney Theatre Company. 

02 November – 05 December

As part of our ICONS AND IDOLS Season

Medea

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

DATES & TIMES

GATECRASHER DATES £10
  • Monday          02  November  7:30pm 
    Tuesday         03  November  7:30pm 
    Wednesday    04  November  7:30pm 
    Saturday        14  November  3:00pm
    Saturday         21  November  3:00pm
    Thursday        26  November  3:00pm
    Saturday        28  November   3:00pm
    Thursday        03 December  3:00pm
    Saturday        05  December  3:00pm

PRESS NIGHT
  • Monday          09  November  7pm 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S NIGHT Under 26s £7.50
  • Wednesday    18  November  7:30pm

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
  • Thursday        19  November  7:30pm 

GATE LOCAL
  • If you live or work in RBKC and are a first-time 
    Gate audience member, you're in for a treat
     with our exclusive offer of £7.50 tickets for 
    any performance until the 13th Februrary. 
    Quote GATELOCAL when booking tickets 
    online, over the phone or on the counter. 
    You may be asked for proof of address at 
    the Box Office.

Please Note:
  • For all performance dates, please click 
    the Dates & Times tab on the left hand 
    side of the page. There are a limited
    amount of concessions per performance.