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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.

Sorry this show closed 25 June 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
24 Jun 2022 - 25 Jun 2022
Running time:
1 hour and 40 minutes.
Lyric Hammersmith (See map)
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+

Latest Audience Reviews

So, this is set during the early days of the reign of Nero, when his mother, Agrippina, who secur... More

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u2fancat Top 200 reviewer 10 Jun 2022

4 stars for the play and some performances, 2 for the direction. A little uneven but there is a l... More

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katiel16 Top 10 reviewer 10 Jun 2022

Better on second viewing when I more clearly understood who was who etc. so worth a second viewin... More

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katiel16 Top 10 reviewer 10 Jun 2022

Amazing show!! The resilience shown by the cast and crew in the face of illness-related absence w... More

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tracybk13 18 Jun 2022

It’s quite weighty play with lots of heavy themes around power and what one has to do to get it.... More

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katiel16 Top 10 reviewer 07 Jun 2022

Good central performances from Nero and his mum. Powerful play still relevant today. Unfortunatel... More

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katiel16 Top 10 reviewer 10 Jun 2022
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