15 Heroines from Jermyn Street Theatre

London theatre news: Thursday 6 August 2020

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Jermyn Street Theatre joins forces with leading internet theatre platform Digital Theatre for a major new online project to be produced this autumn.
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Jermyn Street Theatre is bringing a major new project to the virtual theatre scene from 9 to 14 November.

The venue has joined forces with internet theatre platform Digital Theatre to present 15 Heroines which sees fifteen female and non-binary playwrights re-telling stories of women fromclassical myth.

It's all inspired by Ovid's The Heroines (Heroides), and features a collection of fifteen fictional letters written in the first century BCE.

The new plays will be performed in a trio of productions: The War, The Desert, and The Labyrinth (see below for the full schedule).

The project is produced and directed by Jermyn Street Theatre's Artistic Director, Tom Littler who said ...

"Ovid's original letters in the Heroides are a compelling work of imagination, giving voice to the women of classical mythology.

This project hands his 15 letters to 15 of the most exciting playwrights working in Britain today, and uses them as inspiration for 15 new plays.

The War, The Desert and The Labyrinth will translate, adapt, react and respond to Ovid's miniature masterpieces."

The writers for the project comprise:

April De Angelis, Stella Duffy, Samantha Ellis, Lorna French, Juliet Gilkes Romero, Natalie Haynes, Charlotte Jones, Hannah Khalil, Bryony Lavery, Isley Lynn, Lettie Precious, Sabrina Mahfouz, Chinonyerem Odimba, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Abi Zakarian.

The plays will be performed, filmed and streamed from the empty Jermyn Street Theatre and will be made available exclusively to education audiences via Digital Theatre+ from 2021.

The War is inspired by the Trojan War and features five plays by Lettie Precious, Sabrina Mahfouz, Charlotte Jones, Abi Zakarian and Hannah Khalil.

The Desert features five plays about women alone by April De Angelis, Isley Lynn, Chinonyerem Odimba, Stella Duffy and Lorna French.

The Labyrinth dramatises the women who encountered Theseus and Jason, and has five plays by Bryony Lavery, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Samantha Ellis, Natalie Haynes and Juliet Gilkes Romero.

Neelay Patel, CEO of Digital Theatre, commented ...

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Jermyn Street Theatre on such an innovative and timely project, and to use our digital expertise to help bring 15 Heroines to audiences, including our audience of students across the world via Digital Theatre+.

These modern adaptations of classical myths will be hugely inspiring to the next generation of writers and theatre makers, and we very much look forward to capturing these exciting new plays."

Full creative teams and casting is yet to be announced but there will be three performances of each work with a limited online audience capacity of 250 people for each with tickets at £20.

15 Heroines is supported by Arts Council England, the Backstage Trust and the City Bridge Trust.



OENONE by Lettie Precious

HERMIONE by Sabrina Mahfouz

LAODAMIA by Charlotte Jones

BRISEIS by Abi Zakarian

PENELOPE by Hannah Khalil

War takes many forms, as shown in these five entertaining and gripping plays, all set during the Trojan War.

When Paris triggered the war by abducting Helen of Troy, he left behind him a Trojan wife, Oenone.

His new bride Helen left behind her daughter, Hermione.

Laodamia was married to the first Greek soldier to die in combat, and the fight to possess the captured Briseis is at the centre of Homer's Iliad.

Long after the war is over, Penelope awaits the return of her husband Odysseus.

7:30pm, Monday 9 November

7:30pm, Thursday 12 November

3:00pm, Saturday 14 November

Book tickets here.


DEIANARIA by April De Angelis

CANACE by Isley Lynn

HYPERMESTRA by Chinonyerem Odimba

DIDO by Stella Duffy

SAPPHO by Lorna French

Deserted but not defeated, five women confront their futures and the people who have wronged them.

Now is the time to put the story straight.

Deianaria tries to save her husband Heracles from his own nature.

Canace defends an incestuous passion.

Hypermestra is alone among her sisters - she spared her husband's life.

Dido is ruler of a city, founder of an empire - so why won't Aeneas stay? Sappho is the greatest poet of her age, but her inspiration has run out.

3:00pm, Tuesday 10 November

7:30pm, Wednesday 11 November

7:30pm, Friday 13 November

Book tickets here.


ARIADNE by Bryony Lavery

PHAEDRA by Timberlake Wertenbaker

PHYLLIS by Samantha Ellis

HYPSIPYLE by Natalie Haynes

MEDEA by Juliet Gilkes Romero

Ariadne gave Theseus everything, guiding him through the Labyrinth to kill her brother, the Minotaur.

Later, Theseus married Phaedra, who fell in love with Theseus' son Hippolytus.

Another of Theseus' sons, Demophoon, is accused by his lover Phyllis of inheriting his father's infidelity.

Another hero, Jason, has abandoned the queen of Lemnos, Hypsipyle, and is now living with Medea - a woman he should know not to cross…

7:30pm, Tuesday 10 November

3:00pm Thursday 12 November

7:30pm Saturday 14 November

Book here.



Note: limited online audience capacity of 250


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