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Phaedra Tickets

National Theatre - Lyttelton

Janet McTeer stars in director Simon Stone’s (Yerma) thrilling new version of the epic Greek tragedy about lust, loneliness and power.

The epic Greek tragedy reimagined

Janet McTeer stars as tragic heroine Phaedra at the National Theatre, in a thrilling new production from Simon Stone (Yerma). The Greek tragedy is a compelling and fierce story of desire and power.

Phaedra has spent years with a single-minded focus on her political career, but it is time to turn her attention to her personal life. When a figure from her past reappears, her entire belief system - the root of her power and success - is shaken to its core.

Seneca’s famous tragedy is reimagined in a striking new play by writer-director Simon Stone, whose radical production of Yerma, starring Billie Piper, enthralled London audiences in 2016.

Olivier Award winner Janet McTeer leads the cast of Phaedra in London. Her extensive credits include Ozark and Bernhardt/Hamlet. The cast also includes Assaad Bouab (Call My Agent) in his London stage debut, Paul Chahidi, and Mackenzie Davis.

Lust and loneliness are a toxic, devastating cocktail in this must-see show. Book Phaedra tickets to experience a masterful new staging of a classic.

Performance dates:
07 Apr 2023 - 08 Apr 2023
Running time:
2 hours and 40 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
No age recommendation has been set. See Audience Notes for content warnings.
Audience Notes:
This is a multilingual production with English subtitles. The show features strong language, sexual references and content, nudity, description of graphic violence and self-harm, depiction of suicide and periods of darkness in the auditorium.

Phaedra Reviews

71 Reviews
  • 5 Stars58%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Stars1%

User Reviews


Enthralling. Fantastic staging and acting, although the they do speak a bit too fast at some points, especially at the beginning. A bright, glamorous and relatable tradegy with a sprinkling of humour. A soap opera greek tradegy.

Performance date: 02 March 2023

Families! They do talk over each other & fast, but it does make it hard for the audience. This is a visceral dipiction of what happens when behaviour is excused/justified by emotions "I love him" etc. An emotional chaos with human wreckage.

Performance date: 08 April 2023

Great cast, some truely horrendous family dynamics, some appaling behaviour all in the name of "love", and some spurious oddities that perhaps could have been edited out. Not a fan of having to read very fast subtitles - odd for a play.

Performance date: 06 April 2023
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