Helen Mirren in Racine’s PHEDRE (via Ted Hughes)

Helen Mirren

“Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phèdre confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns, alive and well, Phèdre, fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.”

Now there’s a play!

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