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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 40 minutes

Age recommendation: Best for age 12+

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Latest audience reviews

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

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer10 Jun 2022

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 his relationship with her, and also with his step-brother, Britannicus, the late emperor Claudius' son, and so with a stronger claim to the imperial throne than Nero himself. So, nothing to do with Britain then. It is a marvellous display of unadulterated power. Nero's bloodymindedness, the way no-one can trust anyone, the complete betrayal of everything that you might consider sanctified.. there's a reason people like plays from this period in history - the emotions are so uncomplicated, although the actions are savage. The only thing I found unnecessary was the fits that everyone goes into, between scenes. We get it, it's stressful - do you really have to act out the emotion? Anyway, it's well-acted - highly recommended.

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer10 Jun 2022

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

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer10 Jun 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.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer10 Jun 2022

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

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer10 Jun 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.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer10 Jun 2022

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

tracybk13 18 Jun 2022

Amazing show!! The resilience shown by the cast and crew in the face of illness-related absence was commendable - fantastic evening.

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. Lots... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer07 Jun 2022

It’s quite weighty play with lots of heavy themes around power and what one has to do to get it. Lots of scheming, manipulation and death. Lots of take in – its pretty verbose. I think the play is seriously interesting, so may take another look.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer07 Jun 2022

Good central performances from Nero and his mum. Powerful play still relevant today. Unfortunately, some... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer10 Jun 2022

Good central performances from Nero and his mum. Powerful play still relevant today. Unfortunately, some aspects of the production are less effective. Still well worth seeing.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer10 Jun 2022
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