Medea at the National Theatre – Reviews Collected

Photo (Helen McCrory) by Jason Bell. (Source)

Medea is now open at the National Theatre and will be on show until the 4th September. On the final day the performance will also be beamed live to selected cinemas. Here we have collected together selected reviews of the play and related articles.

The reviews here are all positive and reflects on the thoughts given to make the show tragic. Indeed a refrain is how the reviewer goes through an emotional roller-coaster as the play goes on and is rather relieved to be relieved of the emotional burden of the play at the end. Helen McCrory’s Medea is also well received: McCrory’s command of voice and depiction of the changing Medea garnered her high praise.

It is, however, not a five-star performance for all the reviews, yet the reviewers all have different criticisms. An odd situation arises where one’s reviewer’s vice is another’s virtue, whether that be the split-level stage or Jason’s (Daniel Spadini) performance. If you have seen the play and would like to share your review, why not post your comments below?

Reviews – Press

The Daily Mail, Quentin Letts – An exciting, fashionable production of a horrid play: QUENTIN LETTS reviews Medea 

London Evening Standard, Henry Hitchings – Medea, National Theatre – theatre review: ‘Helen McCrory is on exceptional form’

The Guardian, Michael Billington – Medea review – Carrie Cracknell’s version is a tragic force to be reckoned with

Huffington Post, Victoria Sadlery – Review: Helen McCrory Stars in Medea, National Theatre

The New York Times, Ben Brantley – Passions Running to Art, or Infanticide

The Observer, Susannah Clapp – Medea review – clenched and forceful

The Times, Kate Bassett (paywall) – Medea at The Olivier, SE1

Times Literary Supplement, Mary Beard – Domestic violence

What’s on Stage, Michael Coveney – Medea (NT Olivier)

Reviews – blogs

Classically Inclined, Liz Gloyn – Medea at the National Theatre

Goldfrapp and the Music

BBC News – How Goldfrapp put Greek tragedy Medea to music

The Independent – Medea: How Goldfrapp scored the Greek tragedy

Helen McCrory

London Evening Standard – I was terrified of taking on this role … I thought it would give me a heart attack, says Helen McCrory


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