24th Feburary – 16th March 2009


I’ve always thought young Hippolytus had something lawyer-like, pompous and self-righteous about him; but in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s version and Paul O’Mahony’s performance, he comes across as a noble-hearted victim. David Burke’s Theseus provides the style the play needs: a physically restrained, emotionally charged performance of passion, anger and wounded nobility.
John Peter - Sunday Times 08/03/09

Production Team

Director – Mike Tweddle // Designer – Amy Levene // Lighting Designer – Juan Ayala // Stage Manager – Mo Guiberteux // Producer – Temple Theatre


Hippolytus – Paul O’Mahony // Pheadre – Katherine Tozer // Theseus – David Burke // Nurse – Ann Penfold // Messenger – Juan Ayala // Aphrodite – Beatrice Curnew // Artemis – Jane Warrick // Chorus – Sofia Paschou

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Hippolytus - David Burke.


‘Furious that Prince Hippolytus will not worship her, Aphrodite, goddess of love, seeks revenge. Infecting Hippolytus’ stepmother, Phaedra, with an overpowering desire for him, Aphrodite’s retribution will sweep both prince and queen to a brutal end.

  • A secret torment
  • Storms through her
  • Tosses her into that black harbour
  • Death.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s translation of Euripides’ tragedy Hippolytus premiered at Riverside Studios, London, in February 2009 in a production by Temple Theatre.’

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