Scenes From An Execution

Scenes From An Execution

Lyttelton - National Theatre

  • Booking until: Sunday, 9 December 2012
  • Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Scenes From An Execution description

Commissioned to paint a vast canvas celebrating the triumphant Battle of Lepanto, the free-spirited Galactia creates instead a breathtaking scene of war-torn carnage. In her fierce determination to stay true to herself, she alienates the authorities and faces incarceration. Her younger lover Carpeta is approached to take over and seizes the assignment for himself.

Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution makes sixteenth-century Venice the setting for a fearless exploration of sexual politics and the timeless tension between personal ambition and moral responsibility, between the patron's demands and the artist's autonomy.

Fiona Shaw takes the role of Galactia in this darkly humorous and provocative play.

Playing at Lyttelton - National Theatre

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX (venue info)

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