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Cruel and Tender

Directed by Luc Bondy
by Martin Crimp
based on „The Trachiniae“ by Sophokles

Directed by · Luc Bondy
Stage · Richard Peduzzi
Costumes · Rudy Sabounghi

With
Kerry Fox, Joe Dixon, Toby Fisher, Georgina Ackerman,
Jessica Claire, Lourdes Faberes, Nicola Redmond,
Michael Gould, David Sibley, Aleksandar Mikic and others

In English with German supertitles
Lenght 2h, without interval

Production
Wiener Festwochen, Young Vic, London
and Chichester Festival Theatre

Coproduction with
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris,
Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, TNP,
Villeurbanne and Festival d’Automne à Paris
Fascinated by Sophocles’ tragedy “The Trachiniae” about the ancient hero Heracles and his wife Deianeira, Luc Bondy encouraged the English playwright Martin Crimp to create a new play that transposes this material into an uncanny present. The wife, who waits at home full of hopes and fears for the heroic general (Joe Dixon) to return from his anti-terror mission, and to whom he is then unfaithful, is played by the renowned actress Kerry Fox (“An Angel at My Table”, “Intimacy”).