Rachael Stirling to star in Medea at Exeter Northcott (news)

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Rachael Stirling will play the title role in Mike Bartlett’s new version of Medea at Exeter Northcott this winter.

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 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.

Rachael Stirling was most recently seen on stage in The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse.

Her other theatre credits include An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and The Priory (Royal Court).

Her television and film credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Women in Love, Boy Meets Girl and Tipping the Velvet and she has just finished shooting an episode of Doctor Who written by Mark Gatiss.

One of the UK’s most exciting and in demand young writers, Mike Bartlett received critical acclaim for his plays Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre), Cock (Royal Court/Off-Broadway – Olivier Award), a new stage version of Chariots of Fire and Love Love Love.

Medea is at Exeter Northcott from November 28 to December 1, 2012. Tickets are on sale now.

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