Britannicusby Jean Racine, translated and adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Directed by Atri Banerjee.
A timely political thriller set in modern day Rome.
Welcome to a blistering arena of power where the corrosive effects of unchecked authoritarianism pervade every corner of society.
Son or pawn? Lover or manipulator? Brother or usurper? Britannicus is a chilling portrait of a dictator’s rise to power.
Agrippina – desperate to cling onto power – has ensured her son, Nero, is the Roman Emperor, in place of his adopted brother and the rightful heir. Nero’s own obsessions turn a once virtuous ruler into an oppressive tyrant. His path to power is paved with deceit, corruption and cruelty.
Britannicus is translated and adapted by Olivier Award-winning writer Timberlake Wertenbaker in a stunning new production by Atri Banerjee, named by The Stage as one of the top 25 artists to watch in 2022 and beyond.
Britannicus runs at 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval.
Content warning: Please note that Britannicus features the smoking of cigarettes and makes use of smoke and haze. There are also descriptions of violence and mentions of suicide.
“Britannicus is a beautiful combination of modern and classical. It’s intense, high stakes and all set within a 12-hour timeframe.” Read Nathaniel Curtis’ Q&A in The Observer here.