The production of Jean Racine’s play is directed by Sergi Belbel and can be seen up until the 15th of March
First published in 1677, Phèdre is one of the French neo-classicist playwright’s most influential tragedies. The play is based on the Euripidean tragedy Hippolytus, which tells the mythical tale of a female protagonist tormented by the fatal nature of love and desire.
Phaedra, a Cretan princess abducted by Theseus, whom she marries, falls in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. Encouraged by her confidant, Oenone, she confesses her passion to him, but Hippolytus, a pure and noble being who behaves heroically, rejects her insinuations and, out of family loyalty, refuses to reveal his step-mother’s confession. Broken hearted, she accuses her stepson of trying to rape her and forces her husband, Theseus, to take measures. Theseus, in turn, delivers his son to the fury of Poseidon.
Racine’s Phèdre is the story of a woman affected by a profound sense of blame but cursed with an all-consuming, uncontrollable passion. Finally, her personal torment propels the entire cast to a tragic end.
This production in Catalan of Phèdre stars Emma Vilarasau and Xavier Ripoll and is directed by Sergi Belbel. The remainder of the cast includes Mercè Sampietro, Lluís Soler, Jordi Banacolocha, Queralt Casasayas and Gemma Martínez.
Jean Racine's Phèdre, directed by Sergi Belbel
When: from January 20th to March 15th
Price: from 18 to 24 €
Where: Teatre Romea
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