Tony winner and Olivier nominee Sophie Okonedo (A Raisin in the Sun, Antony and Cleopatra) will star in the title role of Robinson Jeffers' adaptation of Euripides' Medea, which will begin previews in the West End at @sohoplace February 11, 2023.
Directed by Dominic Cooke, the production will officially open February 17 for a limited engagement through April 22. Okonedo will be joined on stage by Olivier winner and Tony nominee Ben Daniels (All My Sons, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) as Jason/Creon/Aegeus, with full casting to be announced.
Producers are Fictionhouse Limited, Nica Burns, and Kate Pakenham Productions.
The upcoming production reunites director Cooke with Okonedo and Daniels, who have worked on several projects since the 1990s, including BBC’s recent The Hollow Crown—Wars of the Roses.
Okonedo said in a statement, “I am really excited and a touch nervous to be playing Medea. I’m buoyed by the fact I'm working with two of my closest friends and long-term collaborators, Dominic Cooke and Ben Daniels. I was lucky enough to have Nica Burns show me around the new @sohoplace theatre while it was still being built, and I was so impressed by the space that I signed up immediately to perform there!”
Cooke added, “I have been friends with Sophie Okonedo since we were in our teens. We’ve worked together many times including on Arabian Nights at the Young Vic in 1998 and The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses for the BBC in 2015. Sophie is one of our most visceral, emotionally connected actors, and I have long thought she’d be a brilliant Medea. I am over the moon that it’s now happening as the second West End production for Fictionhouse, run by Kate Horton and myself. I’m also really looking forward to working again with the super talented Ben Daniels after our hugely fulfilling collaboration on The Normal Heart at the National Theatre. Ben and Sophie have been an explosive onstage partnership in the past, and I can’t wait to see them playing these iconic roles together in Nica Burns’ thrilling new auditorium @sohoplace.”
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