“EXCEPTIONAL”, “amazingly intense”, “brilliant in every way” – These are just some of the comments we have received in response to our production of ‘Medea’.

Hundreds of people attended four sell-out performances of ‘Medea’ – an ancient Greek tragedy of love and revenge – in our Hayward Theatre from March 24th-26th.

‘Medea’ is based on the myth of Jason and Medea, and it was first produced in 431 BC. Our production was presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Our cast was predominantly made up of Sixth Form students, with Medea played by Olivia Thomas and Jason played by Isaac Beeton. Two King’s Ely Junior pupils – Medea’s children – starred in the production – Aria Keenan and Zachary Matthews.

Patrick Wilson, Director in Residence at King’s Ely, said: “This weekend, our production of Euripides’ ‘Medea’ closed. After seven months of hard work and dedication, this feeling is bittersweet for all: there’s no doubt an elation that everything that went into it paid off with our amazing audience reaction every night, but equally there is a gaping hole in all of our King’s experience (mine included) that we’re all going to miss. It’s easy to wish a production’s run could go on, but that’s the beauty of theatre – it’s a fleeting art form, where if you missed the stunning performances of our King’s cast, it can’t come back. Each night was an emotional experience shared between us and our audience, and we hope that the memories created stay with people for time to come.

“As my first production here at King’s during my tenure as Resident Director, I couldn’t have wished for a better cast, crew and team to have worked with. I’m unbelievably proud of every single member of our cast, for stepping up to a hefty challenge, bringing creativity and flair to every rehearsal, and – most importantly – maintaining a positivity and can-do attitude from day one to closing night.”

Congratulations to every single person involved in the production – both onstage and backstage!

Photos by Old Elean, Toby Roney.

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