Set in the present day, but inspired by an ancient myth, Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and poorest countries in the aftermath of a brutal war.
Faced with an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure and a volatile army, the first democratic president of Thebes promises peace to her nation.
Without the aid of the leader of the wealthy state of Athens, she doesn’t stand a chance. But he is arrogant, mercurial and motivated by profit.
Richard Eyre directs a 26-strong ensemble led by David Harewood and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
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