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Lyric Hammersmith

Jean Racine’s epic Roman tragedy about power, succession and tyranny is adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker in a thrilling new production.

Tyranny and tragedy in Ancient Rome

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s keen eye for politics and ancient tragedies turns the story of Agrippina, Nero and their bloody quest for power into a thrilling new production at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Desperate to maintain influence after her husband’s death, Agrippina manoeuvres her son Nero into position as Roman Emperor - pushing out his half-brother and rightful heir Britannicus. However, the once virtuous Nero soon turns to tyranny in both personal and political arenas, with tragic consequences.

Exploring the corridors of power in Ancient Rome, French playwright Jean Racine’s vision of Roman history first premiered in 1669, and has been translated and adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country’s Good) for English-speaking audiences. Director Atri Banerjee leads this intense new production, having won the 2019 The Stage Debut Award for Best Director (Hobson’s Choice).

Experience an epic tour-de-force with Britannicus tickets. This gripping adaptation will immerse you in a centuries-old power struggle that feels as relevant today as it did hundreds of years ago.

Performance dates:
24 Jun 2022 - 25 Jun 2022
Running time:
1 hour and 40 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+

Britannicus Reviews

23 Reviews
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User Reviews

So, this is set during the early days of the reign of Nero, when his mother, Agrippina, who secured the throne for him, finds herself shut out as he shows the first signs of the duplicity that would define his reign. Anyway, the play concerns both hi Read more

Performance date: 09 June 2022

4 stars for the play and some performances, 2 for the direction. A little uneven but there is a lot that is relevant about the corrupting impact of power.

Performance date: 09 June 2022

Better on second viewing when I more clearly understood who was who etc. so worth a second viewing. Just get the feeling that it was a little under developed in terms of themes and emphasis.

Performance date: 09 June 2022
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