The Lightning Child
14 September - 12 October
By Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill
Running time: 2 hours 45 mins (approx) including interval
Author of the Book / Co-author of the Lyrics
Composer / Co-author of the Lyrics
Billie Holiday/ Maenad
This production has now closed
A musical remix of Euripides’ The Bacchae
History, sex, funk, gender schism, politics, repression, addiction, envy, tragedy and more sex collide in a psychedelic, anarchic remix of The Bacchae for the Globe’s first musical. Where are we? Everywhere. All at once.
In ancient Thebes – or is it contemporary London? – worshippers gather to join the orgiastic rites honouring Dionysus. Only the disapproving, woman-hating Pentheus seeks to put a stop to the fun. Elsewhere, in this ancient/modern city, the addicts Drax and Shug and the musician Louise and her flatmate Antonia are drawn towards their own forms of retribution.
From the inventive and anarchic team who brought The Frontline to the Globe in 2008 and 2009 comes a modern take on Euripides’ The Bacchae, combining crossdressing, drug abuse, internet porn and classical myth, all told with a Shakespearean disregard for the usual conventions of time and place.
Please note: Production contains filthy language, strong content and violence.
Read more audience reactions here on Storify.
‘Ché Walker’s terrific modern play... a lifeaffirming show that celebrates our common humanity’
Time Out on The Frontline 2009
‘Matthew Dunster’s superbly orchestrated production ... is a lively rumble in the urban jumble’
The Times on The Frontline 2008
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