16th June to 4th July 2015 All Performances at 7.30 pm (Sundays at 3.00 pm Only) No Monday Performances
‘The small cast all deliver solid performances, though especially strong are Suzanne Marie as Iphigenia and James Barnes as King Thoa.’ FEMALE ARTS *****
This simple but incredibly powerful production takes a modern message and places it in a stunning historical setting that’s at once intimate and spectacular. See it while you can. CARN’S THEATRE PASSION *****
"Have only men a right to heroic deeds? Can they alone embrace the impossible?"
Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon, is in exile as a priestess in the Temple of Diana, in the land of Tauri (present-day Crimea). Thoas, King of the Taurians, who wishes to marry Iphigenia, has ordered the sacrifice of her brother Orestes and his friend Pylades. Torn between her loyalty to the King and her love for her brother, Iphigenia must find a way to save her brother and bring about peace through her own divine image as a woman and bearer of truth. Iphigenia's captivating charisma, strength of spirit, and purity of heart shines through Roy Pascal's translation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Iphigenia in Tauris. It is Iphigenia's powerful female voice that transcends the heavens, as like an Amazon, she heroically empowers herself with her own sword of truth, saves her brother Orestes and courageously breaks the Tantalid family curse forever.
A masterful story about exile and sacrifice and the power of the female voice.
This translation of Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris Copyright © Estate of Roy Pascal
Suzanne Marie - Iphigenia
James Barnes - King Thoas
Ben Hale - Orestes
Andrew Strafford-Baker - Pylades
Alec Bennie - Arkas
Creatives & Team
Pamela Schermann - Director
Annegret Märten - Dramaturg
Gillian Steventon - Costume designer
Petr Vocka - Lighting designer
Phil Matejtschuk - Sound designer
Theresa Schwarzkopf - Stage Manager
Armi Utriainen - Production assistant
The Rose is an indoor archaeological site, it is advisable to dress with an extra layer as there is no heating. There are also no toilets so please use Shakespeare’s Globe just a few hundred metres away.