4.8 (4) · Opera & Ballet, International Productions

Simon Stone finds a contemporary reality for this masterful retelling of Euripides’ Medea.

Lyn Gardner avatar
14 February 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Bloody hell, Medea at the Barbican is frighteningly good.”


After involuntary confinement in a psychiatric hospital, Anna, once a successful doctor, is determined to put things right. Willing to forgive her husband’s affair with a younger woman, she wants a fresh start with him and their children. But he has different plans. Sidelined and in danger of losing everything, she is driven into a corner and sees only one way out.

Marieke Heebink, seen at the Barbican in Toneelgroep’s astonishing Persona last year, won the Dutch acting award, the Theo d’Or, for her role as Medea. Coupled with incomparable performances by the ensemble, magnified at times by live video, audiences are turned into complicit witnesses.

An Australian director who reinvents classics, Stone gained five-star reviews at the Barbican for The Wild Duck in 2014 whilst his recent production of Yerma won multiple Olivier Awards.

Medea is performed in Dutch with English surtitles.

Age Recommendation: 16+

Critic reviews

Always entertaining, horrifying and spectacular, Medea is an important milestone of contemporary theatre

The Upcoming

Lacerating contemporary tragedy

Arts Desk

Stone's script and staging are as economical as each other, one conversation morphing into the next with no concern for scene setting


The staging is brutal, leaving the performers nowhere to hide. They don’t need it: this flawless ensemble have created a raw masterpiece

The Guardian

Electrifying reimagining of Euripides by hot-shot director Simon Stone

The Stage

Bloody hell, Medea at the Barbican is frighteningly good


Date & time

Show ended
Wed 6 Mar - Sat 9 Mar, 7.45pm
Runtime: 1 hr 20 mins


Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions

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