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The Rape of Lucrece @ Southbank Centre

“A Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Rape of Lucreceperformed and sung by Camille O’Sullivan.


Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece is a politically charged, sexually provocative and violent thriller.


In the hypnotic hands of internationally-acclaimed performer Camille O’Sullivan, this rarely performed epic poem is thrillingly brought to life through storytelling and song by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

With original music played live by Feargal Murray on piano, O’Sullivan inhabits the souls of both Tarquin and Lucrece.


While narrating their fates, she expresses an astonishing range of human experience contained in this dark tale – a story as monstrous as it is beautifully written.


A huge hit at the Edinburgh International Festival where Camille’s performance won her the prestigious Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award, this seamless and powerful blend of original music and verse is directed by Elizabeth Freestone.


This production of The Rape of Lucrece is adapted by Elizabeth Freestone, Feargal Murray and Camille O’Sullivan.


**** ‘Magnificent… Pianist Feargal Murray and singer Camille O’Sullivan blow the dust off this 1855-line epic – and, most importantly, give the wronged Lucrece a voice. And what a voice it is: cracked with sorrow, bristling with quiet rage.’

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)


‘Camille O’Sullivan’s brilliant reinvention of the poem is arguable the most significant Irish Shakespeare in centuries.’ 
Fintan O’Toole (Irish Times)


***** ‘Remarkable, glorious…a stunning achievement that I could watch over and over’ (The Scotsman)


‘The choice of O’Sullivan to tell this most anguished and timeless of tragic stories, both in song and in speech, is an inspired one… Equally confident in expressive narration as in singing, she captivates increasingly as she takes us ever deeper into Shakespeare’s dark and terrible tale.’ (The Telegraph)

‘A perfectly-structured production of rare intelligence’ (The Australian)


Elizabeth Freestone director
Camille O’Sullivan performer / singer
Feargal Murray and Camille O’Sullivan original music
Lily Arnold designer
Vince Herbert lighting
Claire Windsor sound “


Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 July




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