Andromache 1985


Produced by Cheek by Jowl

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Duncan BellPyrrhus
Andrew CollinsOrestes
Simon DormandyPylades
Deirdre EdwardsCleone
Amanda HarrisAndromache
Sadie ShimminHermione
Martin TurnerPhoenix
Anne WhiteCephisa

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Costume DesignersKim Kenny and Nick Ormerod
Stage ManagerNick Kidd
Set built and painted bySquare Peg
Costumes made byKim Kenny and Judy Lloyd Rogers


Racine in modern dress we have seen before. Racine stripped of heroic gesture, heightened delivery and played in idiomatic prose is a startling novelty, and Declan Donnellan's production justifies it up to the hilt. The Times
It says much for the young Cheek by Jowl company at the Donmar Warehouse that they held their audience silent and spellbound with the stylized decorum of play by Jean Racine, notoriously the least accessible dramatist to English ears. Under Declan Donnellan's direction the production gives a thrilling idea of how a great dramatist made sustained order out of sudden furious changes of mind, violent shifts of emotion and unreasoning seizures of hope and despair. Tension is built, crisis upon crisis breaks. All against the simplest of settings; an inlaid figure's star patterning the floor; constant light and costumes of grey, black and white. Declan Donnellan's direction stealthily produces an electrifying effect. The Daily Telegraph
The value, originality and excellence of their stage work is such that I am passionately convinced they could do the Peking telephone directory and make it charismatic. The Chronicle, Northern Ireland