The UK premiere of the Ukrainian classic drama Cassandra by Lesia Ukrainka

Cassandra by Lesia Ukrainka in London
2 November 2022

On October 04, 2022 - October 16, 2022, the Omnibus Theatre in London presented the play Cassandra written by Ukrainian pioneering feminist writer, Lesia Ukrainka. The peculiarity of this project is a new translation done by Nina Murray, poet and winner of the Ukrainian Institute London’s 2021 Literature in Translation prize.

First published in 1908, Lesia Ukrainka’s poetic drama retells the story of the Trojan war, from Cassandra’s perspective. She can see the future, but no one believes anything she said. Stuck in besieged Troy and knowing exactly how the war will end, Cassandra sees the destruction unfold around her, just as she knew it would. For the first time on the UK stage, this Ukrainian masterpiece about truth, violence and power has astounding relevance today. The production is presented by Live Canon and the Ukrainian Institute London, in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, the Lithuanian Cultural Institute, the Goethe-Institut and the Institut Français.

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