The Lightning Child
THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 12TH OCTOBER 2013
This modern take on Euripides' The Bacchae at the Globe combines cross-dressing, drug abuse, internet porn and classical myth - all told with a Shakespearian disregard for the usual conventions of time and place. The Lightning Child sees writer Che Walker and director Matthew Dunster reunited after their inventive and anarchic 2008 production, The Frontline, described invariably as "life-affirming" (Time Out) and "superbly orchestrated" (The Times). 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. Fans of Doctor Who will be interested in seeing Arthur Darvill's name on the credits: 'Rory', the annoying companion to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor and husband of 'Amy Pond', indeed wrote the music for this intriguing play - which contains filthy language and strong content.
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71-79 Southwark Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
This hotel in the Bankside area, just a five minute walk from London Bridge Tube station and Borough Market, offers good value for money. Walk from ... More
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20 Lavington S, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
From comfy king sized beds and an international plug system to free movies and complimentary WiFi, the citizen London Bankside hotel promises to offer its guests ... More
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103-109 Southwark Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from The Lightning Child
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The Lightning Child, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 | Same location as The Lightning Child
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21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | Same location as The Lightning Child
This replica of the Shakespeare's 16th century theatre, reconstructed just 200 yards from its original site, is the brainchild of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. ... More
London > Entertainment > Theatres
New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | Same location as The Lightning Child
For the first time since it opened in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe has the facilities to present plays throughout the year at The Sam Wanamaker Theatre, a ... More
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Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from The Lightning Child
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London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | Same location as The Lightning Child
Cheek by jowl with Shakespeare's Globe, Swan bar and restaurant benefits from a wonderful riverside location with stunning views ... More
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Cousin Lane, City, London EC4R | 6 minutes from The Lightning Child
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London > Nightlife > Pubs
77 Borough High Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 7 minutes from The Lightning Child
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