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    (France / Poland)

    directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, starring Isabelle Huppert

    Phaedra burns with illicit desire for her stepson. But even in the closest physical proximity, her loved one remains as inaccessible as ever.


    Following a lifelong passion for the Greeks, Poland’s great radical director Krzysztof Warlikowski now turns to the mysterious queen and her many incarnations in a wild and explicit reconstruction that places French screen actress Isabelle Huppert at its heart.


    Bringing together three versions of the story in three seperate sections, Phaedra(s) draws on material from Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad, Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love and extracts from J M Coetzee’s novel Elizabeth Costello.

    Phaedra(s) is a star vehicle for Isabelle Huppert.

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    Financial Times

    Huppert is mesmerising

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Times

    Go: this is essential theatre and, whether you actually like it or not, you'll witness a great tour de force from Huppert into the bargain.

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Arts Desk

    Phaedra(s) is produced by Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe.
    Co-produced by LIFT, the Barbican, Comédie de Clermont- Ferrand – Scène nationale, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Théâtres de Liège – Belgium. With the support of LVMH, Cercle de l’Odeon and Cercle Giorgio Strelher.
    Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.
    Images – Pascal Victor
    Instytut Polski - ksiega znaku