Euripides' Trojan Women

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This event has now ended. It took place on the 5-7 Feb 2013.

The UCL Classical Drama Society and the Department of Greek & Latin in association with the Bloomsbury Theatre are proud to present Euripides' Trojan Women, directed by Rebecca Speller, in a translation by Alan Shapiro.

The war is over. Troy has fallen. Abandoned by their gods and bereft of their men, the city's women wait inside a prison camp to be shipped off to a life of slavery, and discover that their suffering is far from over. Euripides' tragedy offers a deeply moving evocation of the horrors of war, but also an enduring picture of human fortitude in the midst of despair. This production, set in World War II, showcases the continuing relevance of one of the most powerful anti-war plays ever written.

Produced in Athens in the spring of 415 BC, Euripides’ Trojan Women dramatises the aftermath of war by focusing on the unique perspective of the captive women of Troy. Led by their former queen Hecuba, the women bemoan their fallen city and the prospect of a new life in a foreign land as slaves to the savage conquering Greeks. A timeless tale of defeat and destruction, the play gives voice to the grief and experience of women in war.

Euripides (c. 480 - c. 406 BC) was the youngest and most provocative of the three great Athenian tragedians. Though he wrote about ninety plays, only nineteen survive. Trojan Women was produced when Euripides was sixty-nine years old as the final part of a trilogy consisting of two lost plays, Alexandros and Palamedes, along with a satyr play, Sisyphus. It was awarded second prize at the Great Dionysia festival in ancient Athens.

Tickets: £9, concessions £6

To complement the production of Trojan Women, the UCL Department of Greek & Latin is offering a series of free public talks by academics and workshops by theatre practitioners which aim to illuminate the play and its context and to bring Euripides to life for a modern generation. To find out more about this exciting programme, please visit