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A new version of Philoctetes by Sophocles

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A thrilling story of pride, glory and betrayal.

Kae Tempest, the astonishing writer, recording artist and performer, forges an epic new take on Greek legend.

Philoctetes: once a celebrated wartime hero, now a wounded outcast on a desolate island.

When a young soldier appears, his hope of escape comes with suspicion. And as an old enemy also emerges, he is faced with an even greater temptation: revenge.

Director Ian Rickson returns to the National Theatre following his acclaimed, sold-out runs of Translations.

The all-female company, including Lesley Sharp as Philoctetes, will perform amidst a dramatic wasteland designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, Barber Shop Chronicles).

Critic reviews

Kae Tempest’s first play in an age is a startling rewrite of a Greek tragedy

Time Out

A festering wound: Hannah Greenstreet writes on Kae Tempest’s ‘savagely poetic’ adaptation of Philoctetes by Sophocles


Has all the ingredients to be the sleeper theatre hit of the year

· Londonist

A vibrant and engrossing spectacle

· A Younger Theatre

Brave, bold, and bruising

· London Theatre

Slick and polished, and, most importantly, it has teeth

· The Arts Desk

A brilliant take on a frequently overlooked Greek classic

· The Upcoming

Astounding Lesley Sharp leads all-female reworking of Sophocles

· The Times

Lesley Sharp gives a towering performance

· WhatsOnStage

Lesley Sharp owns the stage

· Evening Standard

It promises to be a bold cutting edge play

· London Box Office

Bursting with ideas, but loses its thread

· The Telegraph

Moments of transcendent beauty

· The Stage

Kae Tempest new version of Sophocles' Philoctetes aims a few arrows at present day England

· Broadway World

Unruly take on Sophocles

· The Guardian
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Wed 4 Aug - Sun 11 Sep 2021, 2.30pm & 8pm


South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions
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