Phèdre - National Theatre Live

Phèdre - National Theatre Live


2h 30min  |  Theatre  |  Release Date: 25.06.2009

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By Jean Racine

Directed by Nicholas Hytner


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Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phèdre, the Queen of Athens, confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns, alive and well, Phèdre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.

Helen Mirren takes the title role in this savage play by Jean Racine, translated into muscular free verse by the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes.


NT Live

Live theatre broadcast to cinema screens around the world.

NT Live is an exciting new initiative to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens worldwide. The pilot season will launch with Phèdre on 25 June, when the performance will be filmed in high definition and broadcast via satellite to approximately 50 cinemas, reaching a widespread audience live across the UK.

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„Phèdre“ is considered to be a masterpiece of a French poet Jean Racine. It is a classical tragedy that has successfully stood the test of time and has been wildly popular among many different generations of audiences all over the world.

Starring Helen Mirren

The role of Phedre has been considered one of the greatest challenges for any actress and this time the challenge will be taken on by an Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren („The Queen“) who has over the years won several accolades and awards for her work on the stage, on television and also on the big screen. In her resume one can find two Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nominations for her work in the theatre, also an Academy Award win and two Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards and a BAFTA award. She has collaborated successfully with Nicholas Hytner, the director of “Phedre” on the set of the film called “The Madness of King George”.(1994). The role in that film brought Mirren the first Academy Award nomination of her career and also the Best Actress award on the Cannes Film Festival in 1994.

Director Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner is considered to be one of the most accomplished and influential stage directors in Great Britain. During his long and illustrious career in the theatre Hytner has won two Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards as Best Director of the Year. In addition to that he has also two Tony awards for his work on Bradway. He has also made a name for himself in the movie world. His directorial debut “The Madness of King George” was nominated for four Academy Awards and the total of 14 BAFTA awards. His film “The Crucible” (that was based on the play by Arthur Miller) starred Daniel Day-Lewis and Joan Allen and won two Academy Award, two Golden Globe and also two BAFTA nominations. His latest foray into films was in 2006 when he directed a movie called “The History Boys”.

Distributor: Forum Cinemas AS - ESTONIA
Cast: Helen Mirren



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