The Lightning Child  

 
 

THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 12TH OCTOBER 2013

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1pm (29 Sep, 12 Oct), 2pm (12 Oct), 6.30pm (15, 22 Sep), 7.30pm (14, 17, 18, 20, 28 Sep, 5 Oct)
 
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£15-£39, standing £5, disabled £7.50-£19.50, under 18s £12-£36, family £110-£135
 

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This modern take on Euripides' The Bacchae at the Globe combines cross-dressing, drug abuse, internet porn and classical myth - all told with a Shakespearian disregard for the usual conventions of time and place. The Lightning Child sees writer Che Walker and director Matthew Dunster reunited after their inventive and anarchic 2008 production, The Frontline, described invariably as "life-affirming" (Time Out) and "superbly orchestrated" (The Times). In ancient Thebes - or is it contemporary London? - worshippers gather to join the orgiastic rites honouring Dionysus. Only the disapproving, woman-hating Pentheus seeks to put a stop to the fun. Elsewhere, in this ancient/modern city, the addicts Drax and Shug and the musician Louise and her flatmate Antonia are drawn towards their own forms of retribution. Fans of Doctor Who will be interested in seeing Arthur Darvill's name on the credits: 'Rory', the annoying companion to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor and husband of 'Amy Pond', indeed wrote the music for this intriguing play - which contains filthy language and strong content.

 

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71-79 Southwark Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from The Lightning Child
This hotel in the Bankside area, just a five minute walk from London Bridge Tube station and Borough Market, offers good value for money. Walk from ... More
 
 
 
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PRICING  From £5
DATES  30th April to 11th September 2016
VENUE  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 
Emma Rice's first season as Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe commences with a new production of the comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream . The 2016 Wonder season is the first after Dominic Dromgoole's departure and will see Rice attempt to get a gender-balanced stage at the Globe. She stated "If anybody bended gender it was Shakespeare, so... More about this event
 
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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PRICING  From £5
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VENUE  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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event > Theatre > Dramas
PRICING  From £5
DATES  11th August to 11th September 2016
VENUE  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 
Shakespeare's Globe brings Emma Rice's triumphant Kneehigh family show, 946 , to London for the first time in 2016 as part of Rice's inaugural season as Artistic Director. Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 is based in Slapton Sands, Devon in 1944 and explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day l... More about this event
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21  New Globe Walk  Bankside    SE1 9DT
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event > Theatre > Shakespearean productions
PRICING  From £5
DATES  17th September to 16th October 2016
VENUE  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 
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