Pop music’s Goldfrapp are branching out into theatre by writing the score for the National Theatre’s tragic Medea opening soon.
The production, opening on July 21, sees Carrie Cracknell directing Euripides’ tumultuous story, in a new version by Ben Power.
The tale will be told on the Olivier stage and see Helen McCrory returns to the National to take the title role.
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile.
But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children.
Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
Helen McCrory’s theatre work includes The Last of the Haussmans, Blood Wedding and The Seagull for the National Theatre; The Late Middle Classes, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse); and As You Like It (West End).
Her extensive film and television work includes Skyfall, Hugo, Leaving, A Little Chaos, Penny Dreadful, The Queen, Harry Potter, Street Life (RTS & Monte Carlo Best Actress Awards), Anna Karenina, The Jury and North Square (Critics’ Circle Award).
The cast also includes T’Jai Adu-Yeboah, Ricco Godfrey Brown, Vivien Carter, Michaela Coel, Simon Desborough, Amy Griffiths, Adrian Grove, Hazel Holder, Trevor Imani, Jane Leaney, Joel McDermott, Caroline Martin, Daisy Maywood, Jude Pearce, YuYu Pearce, Dominic Rowan, Danny Sapani, Petra Söör, Clemmie Sveaas, Naomi Tadevossian, Martin Turner, Toby Wharton, Cath Whitefield, Kyron Wilson and Jane Wymark.
The music has been especially composed by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp, who make up the Mercury Prize and Grammy Award-nominated band Goldfrapp.
In their first foray into writing for the theatre, Alison & Will have developed a series of brand-new musical works written for the production, which will be played by an on-stage band.
The 12th Travelex season will offer 100,000 £15 tickets for six plays. Almost half the tickets for Medea are £15, with the rest at £25 and £35.