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CASSANDRA

PRESENTED BY Live Canon and the Ukrainian Institute London
The Trojan story retold by Ukraine’s pioneering feminist writer, Lesia Ukrainka; a UK premiere in an award-winning new translation.

Imagine if you could see the future, but no one would believe anything you said. This is Cassandra’s fate. Stuck in besieged Troy and knowing exactly how the war will end, Cassandra sees the destruction unfold around her, just as she knew it would. 

First published in 1908, Lesia Ukrainka’s poetic drama retells the story of the Trojan war, from Cassandra’s perspective. Nina Murray’s fresh new translation of this monumental work won the Ukrainian Institute London’s 2021 Ukrainian literature in translation prize. 

This premiere is brought to the stage by the Live Canon ensemble, who specialise in working with verse, and who have performed all over the world from Broadway to Abbey Road. 

The production is directed by Helen Eastman, whose work has included The Cure at Troy (Delphi International Festival and world tour), Bridgetower (Hackney Empire and UK tour), Fair (Trafalgar Studios) and Bicycle Boy (GDIF and UK tour), and advising on many contemporary productions of Ancient Greek plays, most recently Paradise, by Kae Tempest at the National Theatre.

The production is presented by Live Canon and the Ukrainian Institute London, in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, the Lithuanian Cultural Institute, the Goethe-Institut and the Institut Français.


Post-Show Q&A
Sunday 9th October
Free to ticket-holders

Joining the panel is Helen Eastman (director of Cassandra), Nina Murray (translator of Cassandra), Sasha Dovzhyk (expert on Lesia Ukrainka; lecturer, University College London), Ola Rondiak (Ukrainian artist) and Olesya Khromeychuk (director of Ukrainian Institute London; historian and author).


On Saturday 8 October the matinee performance at 3pm will be free for displaced Ukrainians. Email info@ukrainianinstitute.org.uk to book.

4-16 OCT
7:30PM (TUE-SAT)
3PM (SAT)
4:30PM (SUN)
£16 STANDARD
£13 CONCESSION

CASSANDRA

PRESENTED BY Live Canon and the Ukrainian Institute London
The Trojan story retold by Ukraine’s pioneering feminist writer, Lesia Ukrainka; a UK premiere in an award-winning new translation.

Imagine if you could see the future, but no one would believe anything you said. This is Cassandra’s fate. Stuck in besieged Troy and knowing exactly how the war will end, Cassandra sees the destruction unfold around her, just as she knew it would. 

First published in 1908, Lesia Ukrainka’s poetic drama retells the story of the Trojan war, from Cassandra’s perspective. Nina Murray’s fresh new translation of this monumental work won the Ukrainian Institute London’s 2021 Ukrainian literature in translation prize. 

This premiere is brought to the stage by the Live Canon ensemble, who specialise in working with verse, and who have performed all over the world from Broadway to Abbey Road. 

The production is directed by Helen Eastman, whose work has included The Cure at Troy (Delphi International Festival and world tour), Bridgetower (Hackney Empire and UK tour), Fair (Trafalgar Studios) and Bicycle Boy (GDIF and UK tour), and advising on many contemporary productions of Ancient Greek plays, most recently Paradise, by Kae Tempest at the National Theatre.

The production is presented by Live Canon and the Ukrainian Institute London, in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, the Lithuanian Cultural Institute, the Goethe-Institut and the Institut Français.


Post-Show Q&A
Sunday 9th October
Free to ticket-holders

Joining the panel is Helen Eastman (director of Cassandra), Nina Murray (translator of Cassandra), Sasha Dovzhyk (expert on Lesia Ukrainka; lecturer, University College London), Ola Rondiak (Ukrainian artist) and Olesya Khromeychuk (director of Ukrainian Institute London; historian and author).


On Saturday 8 October the matinee performance at 3pm will be free for displaced Ukrainians. Email info@ukrainianinstitute.org.uk to book.

4-16 OCT
7:30PM (TUE-SAT)
3PM (SAT)
4:30PM (SUN)
£16 STANDARD
£13 CONCESSION

Cassandra | Rehearsal Gallery

Photo credit: Anna Watson

Cast: TBC

Production Team

Writer 

Lesia Ukrainka

Translator

Nina Murray

Director

Helen Eastman

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Content Warnings
Age Recommendation

12+

Duration

1h 45m

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