The Bacchae

After Euripides

19th April – 7th May 2016

The Blue Elephant Theatre

A wanderer returns, driving the people of the city into a ferocious and liberating frenzy. His actions excite, his message thrills, but his mission is revenge.

Euripides’ hedonistic and uncompromising final play comes to the stage in an all-new devised ensemble production. Through the use of spoken word, movement and music this thrilling production examines belief, sexuality and liberation.

A man is just a man, unless that man is God.

The production marks our return to The Blue Elephant after our sell-out production of Shakespeare’s Richard III in 2014.

The Bacchae marks the ninth Greek play in the Lazarus repertoire after Medea 2007, Elektra 2008, Hecuba 2010, Orestes 2011, Electra 2011, The Women of Troy 2012, Iphigenia in Aulis 2012 and Oedipus 2013.

#Euripides #Bacchae 

“The Bacchae is an absorbing piece of theatre that finds the core of the drama and connects it to our own time” ★★★★

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus

Cast and Creative

Production Shots


Dionysus – Nick Biadon

Pentheus – Stephen Emery

Agaue – Sonja Zobel

Katrine – Lysanne Van Overbeek

Advisor – Jake W Francis

Advisor – Ashley Holman

Advisor – Aidan Valentine

Chorus Leader– RJ Seeley

Chorus 1 – Tamara Camacho

Chorus 2 – Liis Mikk

Chorus 3 – Amy Allen

Chorus 4 – Kenzie Horn

Chorus 5 – Rachel Agustsson

Chorus 6 – Katherine Judkins


Written by Euripides

Adapted and Directed by Gavin Harrington-Odedra

Additional material written by David Bullen and the company

Costume Designed by Sorcha Corcoran

Lighting Design by Stuart Glover

Sound Design by Neil McKeown

Production Manager – Ina Berggren

Stage Manager – Mel Berry

Dramaturge – David Bullen

Assistant Director – John King

Company Photographer – Adam Trigg

Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston

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The Lazarus Post

Over the course of workshops, rehearsal and performance, actors Amy Allen (AA), Lysanne Van Overbeek (LVO), Sonja Zobel (SZ) and Kenzie Horn(KH) join with assistant director John King (JK) in bringing you up to speed with all things The Bacchae
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Production shots taken by Adam Trigg

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★★★★ “Euripides’ final tragedy – The Bacchae – is pulsatingly brought to life… Lazarus’s interpretation is bold and mesmerising”

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus


Euripides was born in Athens, Greece, around 485 B.C. He became one of the best-known and most influential dramatists in classical Greek culture; of his 90 plays, 19 have survived. His most famous tragedies, which reinvent Greek myths and probe the darker side of human nature, include Medea, The Bacchae, Hippolytus, Alcestis and The Trojan Women

Box Office

Dates 19th April - 7th May, Tuesday – Saturday 8.00pm

Venue The Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell.

Tickets £15.00, £12.50 (Concessions) £10 (Previews)

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Run Time 60 Minutes approx

“Another fascinating production by Lazarus that challenges audiences to look at a classic with different eyes”

Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Newtwork

The Bacchae top ten facts...

1. Although we can’t be certain, The Bacchae was probably the final Euripides play ancient Athenian audiences ever saw – at least before revivals started!

2.It was first performed where all surviving Greek tragedies were: at an annual spring festival dedicated to Dionysus.

3.Euripides died in 406 BCE and his final trilogy of plays was probably presented at the festival the following year. They won first place in the competition amongst playwrights.

4.The Bacchae was very popular in antiquity following its first performance. Alexander the Great’s mother Olympias, herself a follower of Dionysus, is said to have performed the role of Agave – with her son as Pentheus.

5. Some of the text of Euripides’ play is actually missing, leading to a very frustrating gap just as Dionysus makes his final appearance. Scholars have been able to reconstruct some of the missing text, however, thanks to a bizarre Byzantine poem from the eleventh- or twelfth century CE called the Christus Patiens.

6. In 1908, renowned actress and suffragist Lillah McCarthy convinced her friend William Poel to stage the play while her husband – the famous actor and director Harley Granville-Barker – was away in Ireland.

7. The Performance Group’s Dionysus in 69 was a particularly notorious production that has had a lasting impact on American theatre. A partly devised version that was influenced by anthropological theories on ritual and community, there was a lot of nudity and as well as a kiss between two men – taboo at the time.

8.In Britain, meanwhile, the fledging National Theatre commissioned novelist Maureen Duffy to adapt The Bacchae in 1969. The resulting play, Rites, was set in a women’s toilets and aimed to tell a similar story but from Agave’s perspective. Caryl Churchill later co-wrote an adaptation with David Lan and Joint Stock theatre company called A Mouthful of Birds, a dance-theatre hybrid that sought to explore gender and violence.

9.The Bacchae has seen a resurgence in popularity in twenty-first British theatre:  including the National Theatre of Great Britain (2002), the National Theatre of Scotland (2007), Manchester Royal Exchange (2010), and even Shakespeare’s Globe (2013). The role of Dionysus has attracted some big names, from Alan Cumming in 2007 through to Ben Whishaw in the Almeida’s production last year.

10.  The critic Terry Eagleton has described Dionysus as the first religious terrorist – and many performances have been inspired by the same idea.

Curated and written by Dramaturgue David Bullen.

"Lazarus’ productions always flourish in ensemble scenes, and the ferocity of the chorus in this production was striking"

Euston Street Diaries

An introduction to Greek Theatre

The Ancient Greek drama, is a theatrical culture that flourished in ancient Greece 700 BC. The city-state of Athens, which became a significant cultural, political, and military power during this period, was its centre, where it was institutionalised as part of a festival called the Dionysia, which honoured the god Dionysus.

Tragedy (late 500 BC), comedy (490 BC), and the satyr play were the three dramatic genres to emerge there. Athens exported the festival to its numerous colonies and allies in order to promote a common cultural identity.

Film courtesy of The National Theatre.

“A striking new devised version of The Bacchae… An enigmatic and seductive take on this Greek tragedy to end all tragedies”

There Ought To Be Clowns

The Bacchae in the press

Enterainment Focus talk with Nick Biadon who plays the role of Dionysus in The Bacchae 

Entertainment Focus talk with Gavin Harrington-Odedra and what to expect from this radical new production

UK Theatre Network talk with Director Gavin Harrington-Odedra and Actor Nick Biadon all things Bacchae

Theatre Bubble announce The Bacchae

London Theatre Guide announce Lazarus Rebellion Season

EUGreeka share the Bacchae news

The wonderful folk of Entertainment Focus spreading The Bacchae news