Philoctetes 1988 - 1989

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The god Hercules asked the shepherd Philoctetes to light his funeral pyre. Philoctetes did so and the god gave the shepherd his own magical bow as a reward.

Philoctetes later went on to fight for the Greeks in the Trojan War, but offended the gods and was punished by a festering wound in the foot so terrible that his fellow Greeks marooned him in the barren island of Lemnos.

The Greeks pinned their hopes on winning the war on Philoctetes’ friend Achilles, their most glittering hero. But Achilles was killed.

Helenus, a prophet, said that the only way to win the war was for Achilles’ son Neoptolemos to bring Philoctetes – and the magic bow – back to Troy.  As the play begins, Odysseus and Neoptolemos land on Lemnos to fulfil this task…



Translated  by Kenneth McLeish. Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of Philoctetes was held on 27th September 1988 at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, UK.


Venue City Country Dates No. of Performances
Brewhouse Theatre Taunton UK 27/09/88 3
Wilde Theatre Bracknell UK 03/10/88 2
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds UK 10/10/88 4
Gardner Castle Brighton UK 17/10/88 2
Arts Theatre Cambridge UK 24/10/88 2
Townsgate Theatre Basildon UK 04/11/88 2
Theatre Royal Winchester UK 11/11/88 2
Arts Centre Coventry UK 17/11/88 2
Donmar Warehouse London UK 29/12/88 21
Victoria Theatre Singapore Singapore 19/01/89 2
New Fortune Theatre Perth Australia 09/02/89 4
The Swan Stratford Upon Avon UK 24/02/89 2
Norske Teatret Oslo Norway 10/03/89 1
National Theatre Prague Czech Republic 15/03/89 1
National Theatre Bratislava Slovakia 19/03/89 1
Teatrul Nacional Bucharest Romania 26/03/89 2
Devlet Tiyatrosu Istanbul Turkey 30/03/89 1
Devlet Tiyatrosu Ankara Turkey 06/04/89 1


Charlie RoeOdysseus
Paterson JosephNeoptolemos
Keith BartlettPhiloctetes
Trevor BaxterA Merchant
Duncan DuffHeracles/Sailor
Peter DarlingSailor
Michael JennSailor
Lloyd OwenSailor
Cecilia NobleSailor
Dale RapleySailor
Timothy WalkerSailor

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Musical DirectorPaddy Cunneen
Lighting DesignerStephen Rate
Voice CoachPatsy Rodenburg

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