Shakespeare's Globe

Boudica [2017]

Written by: Tristan Bernays
Directed by: Eleanor Rhode

‘Id rather walk in blood than walk a slave
For he thy Emperor!’


Iron Age Britain (50AD) has been conquered by Roman invaders.

When an ally of the Romans - King Prasutagus of the Iceni tribe - dies, his estranged wife Boudica returns to claim her rightful throne. When she is denied her inheritance and instead brutally punished by the Romans, she leads a tribal uprising in an attempt to exact bloody revenge.


Boudica is a brand new ancient history play that tells the story of one of Britain's most infamous women: a queen, a warrior and a rebel. The role of Boudica will be played by Gina McKee. In 2016, McKee performed in Faith Healer at the Donmar Warehouse, and is well-known for her role as Bella in the 1999 film Notting Hill.

This production portrays the violent world of Boudica and the coarseness of battle.


  • Designer Tom Piper
  • Composer Jules Maxwell
  • Movement Tom Jackson Greaves
  • Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
  • Sound Designer David Gregory
  • Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd

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