Andromache by Jean Racine staged in English by Oxford Theatre Guild

Trinity College Chapel, Sept. 20-25. Pre-show conversation Sept. 24.


Racine’s masterpiece Andromaque is very rarely seen in English. Now Oxford Theatre Guild are staging this classic of European theatre in a modern English translation by David Bryer. For one week only the stunning 17th century baroque chapel of Trinity College will become the palatial setting for this sharp, contemporary version of Andromache, a story of desire and pride, resentment and revenge - and the sacrifices demanded to protect those we love. Before Friday’s performance, you can join Oxford experts in classical reception and 17th century French drama, Fiona Macintosh and Katherine Ibbett, to discuss the play with director James McDougall and Cheek by Jowl’s original translator David Bryer:Translating and Staging Andromache, a pre-show conversation, 5.30pm on Friday 24 Sept. in Trinity College. Look out for details and registration at TORCH.


Tickets for performances available from Tickets Oxford

To keep our audiences comfortable in these challenging times tickets are limited per performance so we are advising early booking to secure a seat.

Tickets £15 (£13 for concessions). Evening performances at 7.30pm with Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

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One year has passed since the fall of Troy. The city is in ruins, its women and children brought as slaves to Greece. Pyrrhus, son of the hero Achilles, returns home to marry Hermione, daughter of Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world. But he is captivated by his prisoner Andromache, the widow of Hector, Troy’s greatest soldier. Her child, Hector’s heir, is all that is left of Troy: exiled and in mourning, Andromache must protect her son. The Greeks have sent Orestes to demand the child’s death. The boy’s life hangs in the balance. Yet Orestes’ only thought is to win back Hermione.

Orestes loves Hermione, who loves Pyrrhus, who loves Andromache - but this is not a love story. The war is over, its heroes lie dead. Now their children must pick up the pieces.

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The Chapel is level access from the street. For wheelchair users we may not be able to seat you next to a companion due to venue limitations.

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Younger children must be accompanied.