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  • Playwright

    Frank McGuinness 

  • Adapted / Translated From


  • Author Notes

    A new version of the play by Euripides, based on a literal translation by Fionnuala Murphy.
  • Setting

    Ancient Greece

  • Synopsis

    Seven years have passed since the end of the Trojan War and Menelaus, King of Sparta and husband to Helen, is making his slow and painful way home. When his ship is wrecked on the coast of Egypt he stumbles upon what seems to be his wife lingering outside the royal palace. But if this is the real Helen, who was the beautiful woman stolen by Paris, for whom all Greece took up arms? Did Troy fall for nothing? Has it all been some god’s idea of a joke?

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Some cast doubling possible for the chorus.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Castor Fergal McElherron
Chorus Graham Vick
Chorus Tom Stuart
Messenger Ukweli Roach
Servant Ian Redford
Chorus William Purefoy
Theoclymnes Rawiri Paratene
Menelaus Paul McGann
Gatekeeper Penny Layden
Pollux James Lailey
Theonoe Diveen Henry
Chorus Jack Farthing
Helen Penny Downie
Chorus Philip Cumbus
Chorus Holly Atkins
Teucer Andrew Vincent
Production Team  
Director Deborah Bruce
Designer Gideon Davey
Choreographer Sian Williams
Movement Director Glynn MacDonald
Fight Director Kevin McCurdy
Composer Claire van Kampen
Musician Irita Kutchmy
Musician Dai Pritchard
Musician Phil Hopkins
Assistant Director Tess Denman-Cleaver
Company Manager Marion Marrs
Production Manager Paul Russell
Technical Manager Paul Williams
Stage Manager Bryan Paterson
Deputy Stage Manager Vicky Berry
Deputy Technical Stage Manager Tim de Vos
Assistant Stage Manager Patrick Birch
Stage Management Intern Sinéad Francis
Stage Management Intern Clare Heath
Stage Management Intern Hayley Shingles
Scenic Artist Charlotte Ganey
Scenic Artist Natasha Shepherd
Costume Supervisor Helen Johnson
Wardrobe Manager Hannah Lobelson
Wardrobe Deputy Lisa Aitken
Costume Construction Robert Alsopp
Costume Construction Andrea Moon
Costume Construction Ingrid Pryor
Costume Construction Jackie Hallat
Wardrobe Assistant Grace Hoddle
Wardrobe Assistant Charlie Damigos
Wardrobe Assistant Fiona Albrow
Wardrobe Intern Rachel Checkley
Prop Maker Jane Jones
Prop Maker Penny Spedding
Tiring House Manager Mark Richards (1)
Tiring House Manager Olly Clarke
Tiring House Manager Ben Porter
Tiring House Manager Daniel Lockett
Voice Coach Jan Hayden Rowles
Carpenter Kes Hayter
Carpenter Simeon Tachev
Carpenter Mark Wallace
Wigs Assistant Julie Ruck
Hair & Make-Up Louise Ricci
Hair & Make-Up Pam Humpage
Props Bella Lagnado

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd

  • Address

    Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street
    London W1F 8GQ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7287 4450

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