Thanks to @VioletsTFB for sussing out this bit of info at the end of Yaël Farber interview here. I couldn’t get it to stream earlier, so missed this bit.
Odd, because I was just mentioning the myths around this play in reference to another post ( about Michele Forbes, I think).
Yaël Farber’s next project is an adaption of the classic Euripides play, The Bacchae, to be staged in South Africa. I know this play: it’s sexual, chaotic and violent ( also beautiful)- characteristics shown mostly through women. It’s right up Yaël Farber’s alley, especially as she plans to reinterpret it. It’ll be interesting to see how she handles a work that depicts women as the ultimate instrument of violence against men.
I don’t think this is exactly the play alluded to by Richard Armitage when he spoke of working with Farber again, and doing something really old. Yaël Farber has adapted and directed ancient works before, including those by Aeschylus and, more recently, an ancient theme, in Salome. But if it is an Armitage project, either now or later, then WOW!
Richard Armitage as Pentheus reimagined ( or even as originally imagined) could be something special.
SPOILERS?? All I will say is he dies in the end.
I will leave it to the classicist among us, Obscura to tell us more, if she’s in the mood and keeping in mind that Richard Armitage’s participation may be a long shot.