Bacchae in Manchester

“A bold new version by Mike Poulton
Conceived & Created by Mark Bruce and Braham Murray

‘You want to spy on the mysteries of the Bacchae?’
The new god Dionysus arrives in the city of Thebes – his birthplace – where Pentheus, the iron-willed leader of the city, refuses to recognise his divinity. Dionysus decides to show both him and the people of Thebes what it will mean to deny his power. He starts with the women, transforming them into the Bacchae…
Euripides’ The Bacchae continues to be one of the most stunning and startling pieces of theatre ever written. Mike Poulton’s brand new adaptation is brought to life in the round at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, with a heady mix of poetry, song, dance and ritual.
‘We bring you the mysteries of a new god,
Whose service is freedom, whose labours are pleasure’

Tickets from £9

Performances: Monday – Friday, 7.30pm; Saturday, 8pm
Matinees: Wednesday, 2.30pm; Saturday, 4pm

Audio-Described Performance: Saturday 27 November, 4pm
BSL Described Performance: Friday 3 December, 7.30pm”

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