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Royal Exchange Theatre, Actors Touring Company and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present

The Suppliant Women

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  • By Aeschylus in a new version by David Greig
  • 10 March 2017 - 1 April 2017
  • The Theatre

Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean.

They are escaping forced marriage in their homeland, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece.

Written 2,500 years ago, this is one of the world’s oldest plays. At its heart are fifty young women in full chorus arguing for their lives, speaking to us through the ages with startling resonance for our times.

An extraordinary theatrical event, which opened in Edinburgh to great critical acclaim, this show will be reinterpreted for the unique Royal Exchange space. Part play, part ritual, part theatrical archaeology, it offers an electric connection to the deepest and most mysterious ideas of humanity - who are we, where do we belong and if all goes wrong – who will take us in?


  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 10 March 2017 - Saturday 1 April 2017

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Monday - Saturday evenings, 7.30pm

    Saturday and Thursday matinees, 2.30pm

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    TICKET PRICES: Standard tickets from £16.50

    Half price previews from £5

    20 £10 day tickets will be available each day at 9.30am for this production.  Due to set restrictions there will be no banquette seats available.  Usual banquette terms & conditions apply.

    SEASON TICKETS: A part of the Season Ticket Package

    5 Show Season Tickets from £58.50

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    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 /online

    How to book

    RUNNING TIME: 1hr and 30mins (no interval)

  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Ramin Gray

    COMPOSER John Browne

    CHOREOGRAPHER Sasha Milavic Davies

  • Related Events

    Join actors appearing in THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN in a Q&A
    17 March - 12.30pm - 1.30pm
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    Pre-show, talk-based introduction
    23 March - 10.30am - 12pm
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    Playreading and Discussion
    15 March - 11am - 1pm
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    Talk about the work we stage at the Royal Exchange
    30 March, 11am - 12.30pm
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    Getting Started with Playwriting
    8 March, 11am - 1pm
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  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 1 April, 2.30pm

    BSL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 29 March, 7.30pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 28 March, 7.30pm

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