A new version of Philoctetes by Sophocles
4 August - 11 September 2021
A thrilling story of pride, glory and betrayal.
Kae Tempest, the astonishing writer, recording artist and performer, forges an epic new take on Greek legend.
Philoctetes: once a celebrated wartime hero, now a wounded outcast on a desolate island.
When a young soldier appears, his hope of escape comes with suspicion. And as an old enemy also emerges, he is faced with an even greater temptation: revenge.
Director Ian Rickson returns to the National Theatre following his acclaimed, sold-out runs of Translations.
The all-female company, with Lesley Sharp as Philoctetes, will perform amidst a dramatic wasteland designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, Barber Shop Chronicles).
‘Kae Tempest has a gift for shattering and transcending convention.’
New York Times
Kae Tempest (Brand New Ancients, Let Them Eat Chaos) is winner of the Ted Hughes Award, has been nominated for the Costa Book Award for Poetry, and twice-nominated for the Mercury Prize.