Medea
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Medea London Reviews and Tickets

87%
(45 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
9%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Intense, Ambitious

About the Show

Sophie Okonedo stars in Robinson Jeffers' adaptation of this Greek tragedy.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (45)

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56 Reviews | 4 Followers
100
Edgy, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like gut-wrenching acting filled with punches that knock the air out of you staged on a stripped back stage

Don't see it if you don't like the intensity of a classic Greek tragedy that is focussed on words, not action Read more

50 Reviews | 2 Followers
95
Shocking, Classic, Great staging, Masterful performances, Absorbing

See it if you want to see sublime performances. Great narrative with excellent staging choices that create tension and atmosphere on stage. Gripping.

Don't see it if you want action, as it is a Greek Tragedy, the performance is focused on the spoken word.

56 Reviews | 3 Followers
95
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Really strong performances

Don't see it if Triggering stuff

61 Reviews | 1 Follower
93
Terrific performances, Captivating, Creative, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a night of tension and intrigue, fuelled by genius staging and captivating performances

Don't see it if you don't enjoy the Greek texts

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
90
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see riveting performances by Sophie Okonedo and Ben Daniels. Great staging.

Don't see it if you don't like heavy Greek dramas

169 Reviews | 9 Followers
90
Powerful, Incredible, Crisp, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like incredible acting, Sophie once again steals another production, you like classic greek tragedy taken slightly into modern day, wow.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate phenomenal acting, you prefer action over dialogue, you don't enjoy greek plays/ or tragedies, graphic text offends you

540 Reviews | 136 Followers
90
Spare staging, Outstanding performances, Powerful theater

See it if you're interested in a riveting, unforgettable, take on the Greek tragedy with strong lead performances and interesting directorial touches.

Don't see it if you're expecting a large production: this is an intimate setting with minimal sets & costumes, also if Greek tragedy is not your idea of fun Read more

120 Reviews | 12 Followers
85
Slow, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are happy to see a play for terrific acting rather than set, catchy story, etc. (3 people on stage flinging emotions at each other here)

Don't see it if you could get upset over verbal descriptions of graphic violence or if you won't enjoy a play that slowly builds up to a dramatic conclusion Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The London Evening Standard
February 18th, 2023

"It’s great to see Okonedo back - she must spend her periods away charging her batteries in order to release another skinless, vivid, wrenching performance."
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The Guardian (UK)
February 18th, 2023

"Medea is as much victim as villain in Dominic Cooke’s psychologically subtle and subversive production, and Ben Daniels is superb playing all the puffed up men in her life."
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 18th, 2023

"Okonedo and The Crown's Ben Daniels bring terrific intensity to Dominic Cooke's production of the harrowing Greek tragedy"
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The Times (UK)
February 18th, 2023

"There were repeated trickles of laughter throughout the evening, a reminder of how difficult it can be to bridge the gap between ancient and modern sensibilities."
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London Theatre
February 20th, 2023

“Given the intensity and intimacy of the performances, and how the central drama is already enhanced by the reactions of the onlookers, it feels like overkill to add alarms and helicopters to Gareth Fry’s busy soundscape, and in particular the clichéd crutch of an actual storm.”
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The Stage (UK)
February 17th, 2023

"The staging reverberates with such resonances: it feels at once mythic and modern. ... Sophie Okonedo emerges from the carnage defiant, irrevocably damaged, but cleansed. It is a sensational performance in a production of riveting acuity."
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Time Out London
February 22nd, 2023

“It’s pretty remarkable seeing one of the world’s oldest plays in one of its newest theatres, and also seeing how in that gap of almost two-and-a-half millennia the role of women in society hasn’t changed as much as we like to think.”
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WhatsOnStage
February 18th, 2023

"This is a bleak and harsh production. It's inevitability makes for a breath-holding display of unflinching gut wrench, while Okonedo is worth the ticket price alone."
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