from an original work by Federico Garcia Lorca
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Age recommendation: 15+ (very strong language and sexual references)
This Young Vic production was recorded through National Theatre Live on 31st August, 2017.
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Lorca’s classic tragedy about honour, family and female empowerment. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.
The theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics called it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance was described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).
Billie Piper won an Evening Standard Best Actress award for her performance in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.
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Her: Billie Piper
John: Brendan Cowell
Mary: Charlotte Randle
Victor: John MacMillan
Helen: Maureen Beattie
Des: Thalissa Teixeira
Direction: Simon Stone
Writer: Simon Stone
Design: Lizzie Clachan
Costumes: Alice Babidge
Light: James Farncombe
Music and Sound: Stefan Gregory
Video: Jack Henry James
Casting: Julia Horan CDG