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Lyric Hammersmith Theatre presents

The Bacchae

By Katherine Soper, after Euripides. Directed by Kwame Owusu.
20 - 22 Jul 2023
Running time
70 minutes

“It felt like I was going around with a secret, like I had this whole beautiful rainforest inside myself.”

When a group of young women discover the mysterious and charming Bacchus, they instantly form an unshakeable devotion to him and each other – it has awakened something inside of them that cannot be contained. Is this a supportive sisterhood or something more dangerous? And as their community strengthens, how do the authorities scramble to regain control?

A thrilling exploration of power and the modern world, Euripides’ seminal play is brought up to date in this mystical new version by award-winning playwright Katherine Soper, directed by Kwame Owusu (Lyric Resident Assistant Director 2021-22).

The Bacchae was commissioned by the Lyric for our SPRINGBOARD 2023-24 trainees.

Content warning: Please note that this production contains flashing lights.


SPRINGBOARD is our free part-time training programme that aims to find, shape, inspire, champion and sustain the next generation of performers from underrepresented backgrounds. Click here to find out more about the programme and how you can get involved.

SPRINGBOARD is kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Emmanuel Kaye Foundation.