McCrory as Medea. Photo from Britain's National Theatre website
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Helen McCrory, of Harry Potter fame, is a chain-smoking Medea, while pop duo Goldfrapp provides a riveting score for London's latest staging of Euripides' 2,500-year-old play.The adaptation, which had its press night at Britain's National Theatre this week, sets the scene as the audience enters to see Medea's two young, doomed sons lying on stage in sleeping bags, watching television under the watchful eye of their nurse.This adaptation of Euripides, by the National associate director Ben Power, updates the language to modern idiom but dispenses with some of the nuances of other versions.He pares down the role of King Kreon (Martin Turner), who as a result gives in a bit too easily to Medea's plea to stay an extra day before being banished from Corinth.In one of several of Power's updating, which drew laughs from the audience, Medea reassures the nurse who has seen her kowtowing to Kreon that she has not suddenly gone soft.Euripides' 'Medea' is up at London's National Theatre until Sept. 7 .
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