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Review: Helen McCrory is Medea at the National Theatre


Helen McCrory's Medea is the physical embodiment of barely contained anger and hurt. Desperation and vengefulness make for a potent mix and their is a feistiness and passion that we can only assume Jason (Danny Sapani) found alluring when they first met.

Medea is a woman who kills for love, kills her own brother to win her man and it is an act than can only lead one way when she is betrayed by Jason for a younger, rich woman as we are told in the prologue by the Nurse (Michaela Coel).

Director Carrie Cracknell's production plays with this energy, this passion, mixing sombre atmospheric music, devised by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory and contemporary dance sequences that quiver and pulse as Medea sets upon her path of revenge.

Medea's status in Corinth where she fled with Jason is emphasised in the dilapidated home she lives with doors reaching to a forest beyond while 'upstairs' is the palace where behind large windows Jason's wedding is played out almost like a elegant silent movie.

This is a magical mix of staging, music, dance and a superb performance by Helen McCrory who leaves you breathless.

Medea runs in rep at the National Theatre until 4 September and is 90 minutes without an interval.


Helen McCrory was in the Last of the Haussmans with Rory Kinnear who has been in loads of things with Mr W - Hamlet, Richard II, Skyfall...