Medea (Headlong version)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781408183915Publication Date:
25 Oct 2012
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99
First Staged:
Headlong UK tour, 2012

Medea (Headlong version)

By Euripides Adapted by Mike Bartlett

Paperback £10.99

A bold new version of the classic tragedy by one of Britain's hottest playwrights.

Her husband's gone and her future isn't bright. Imprisoned in her marital home, Medea can't work, can't sleep and increasingly can't cope. While her child plays, she plots her revenge.

This startlingly modern version of Euripides' classic tragedy by Mike Bartlett explores the private fury bubbling under public behaviour and how in today's world a mother, fuelled by anger at her husband's infidelity, might be driven to commit the worst possible crime.

Medea was premiered at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, in October 2012 at the start of a UK tour by Headlong, directed by Mike Bartlett.

This edition is published by Methuen Drama.

Medea is also available in the volume Mike Bartlett Plays: Two.

Press Quotes

'Brilliantly observed and often bitterly funny... a savage play for today, superbly well done'

Mail on Sunday

'[A] gripping, gruelling play'

Sunday Express

'Shocking and funny... there are an unexpected number of laughs'


'Rage and fear seep through Mike Bartlett's domesticated updating of Euripides'

The Stage

'Smart and lightly done'

Imprint: Methuen Drama
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781408183915Publication Date:
25 Oct 2012
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99

Also by Euripides:

Orestes: Blood and Light
Greek Tragedy: Three Plays
Medea (Theatre Babel version)
Medea (Drama Classics)
Women of Troy
Medea (Northern Broadsides version)

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Also by Mike Bartlett:

King Charles III
Doctor Foster: The Scripts
Mike Bartlett Plays: Two
Love, Love, Love
King Charles III (Special Edition) - SIGNED COPY
The 47th
King Charles III
Earthquakes in London
Not Talking
Mrs Delgado
An Intervention
My Child

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