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By Euripides
In a translation by Robin Robertson
Modern story written by Chino Odimba
Based on an original concept by George Mann

For love, Medea sacrificed everything - only to suffer the ultimate betrayal at the hands of her husband, Jason. As he prepares to marry his new bride, Medea plots the ultimate act of revenge to free herself from him and immortalise those she holds dear, finally taking control of her own destiny.

Our Medea will weave Euripides' ancient world together with the modern day story of a single mother who faces losing her children and the roof over their heads after 18 years of marriage. However, just as she begins to feel that she has lost control of her future, she finds an old copy of Medea and discovers a woman within its pages that offers her the inspiration she's been searching for...

Performed by an all-female cast and using the cathartic power of song and the visceral power of movement by director George Mann (Pink Mist, Light), this retelling will attempt to reclaim Medea as a powerful female character who fought against injustice, at all costs.

Arresting as hell"


An inventive all-female reworking"


Incredibly stylish and absorbing"




Until 27 May
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(Sat mats)
(plus booking fee)

Running Time 2hrs 30mins including 20min interval

Post-show talk Tue 16 May, following the 7.30pm performance

Women-only performance Fri 26 May, 7.30pm

We have teamed up with Bristol charity Bristol Women's Voice to present a performance of Medea for women only, followed by a panel discussion with some of the leading female thinkers in the arts and politics in Bristol. To find out more please click here.

As a special performance of Medea, tickets for this show are only available through our Box Office by calling 0117 987 7877 from 10am - 6pm Mon to Fri, or dropping into 16 King Street from 10am - 4pm Mon to Fri.

Writer Euripides
Translation Robin Robertson
Writer, Modern Story Chino Odimba
Director George Mann*
Designer Shizuka Hariu
Co-composer & Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Lighting Designer Katharine Williams

Music co-composed by Jon Nicholls and the performing company and Aretha Ayeh, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Abiona Omouna and Mimi Ndiwemi, who participated in development workshops for this production.

Michelle Fox, Akiya Henry, Eleanor Jackson, Kezrena James, Stephanie Levi John, Jessica Temple

@bristololdvic #BOVMedea

Image Michael Cranston
Photography Mark Douet

*Supported by the Quercus Trust and in partnership with the National Theatre

Medea is supported by the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation

Ticket Offers

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
20% off full price tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per Friend, excl Fri & Sat eves

Groups of 10+ £3 off all tickets (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 50+ £6 off all tickets, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)

£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eves)

Access Performances
Signed performance
Sat 13 May, 2.30pm
Audio described performance Sat 27 May, 2.30pm (touch tour 12.30pm)
Captioned performance Sat 20 May, 2.30pm

In summer 2016, we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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