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An illustration of a group of female refugees on a small dinghy at sea whose white life jackets are highlighted against the black and orange sketch

The Suppliant Women

By Aeschylus
New version by David Greig
Direction Ramin Gray

An Actors Touring Company, Young Vic and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production

Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm

Saturday matinees: 2.30pm

£10, £20, £29, £38

Previews: (13 - 15 Nov) £10, £20

Main House

“A timeless, fantastical production of colour, song, and movement” 

The Independent

“Outstanding…pungent modern resonances” 

The Telegraph

“Remarkable…choral power unleashed” 


“An experience of overwhelming potency…awakens a renewed faith in the future” 

The Times

“Pulsating urgency…rousingly topical” 

The Evening Standard

“A fierce, beautiful staging of Aeschylus’s drama” 

Financial Times

“A community chorus gives tremendous power to this witty adaptation of Aeschylus’s ancient play” 

Time Out

“An epic, feminist protest song”
The Guardian

"This stunning poetic tidal wave is tailor-made for a 21st century audience”

The Irish Times


Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. They are escaping forced marriage, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece. 

Written 2,500 years ago, one of the world’s oldest plays speaks to us through the ages with startling resonance for our troubled times. 

Featuring a chorus of local women from London, this is part play, part ritual. Director Ramin Gray unearths an electric connection to the deepest and most mysterious ideas of humanity: who are we, where do we belong - and if all goes wrong - who will take us in?

Cast and Creatives

Direction Ramin Gray | Music John Browne | Choreography Sasha Milavic Davies | Design Lizzie Clachan | Light Charles Balfour

With Callum Armstrong, Oscar Batterham, Ben Burton, Omar Ebrahim, Gemma May Rees

Direction Ramin Gray

Music John Browne 

Choreography Sasha Milavic Davies

Design Lizzie Clachan

Light Charles Balfour


Callum Armstrong, Oscar Batterham, Ben Burton, Omar Ebrahim, Gemma May Rees


The Young Vic's 2017 season includes the London premiere of The Suppliant Women, written by David Greig and directed by Ramin Gray. Read more on The Stage.

Read more about the Young Vic's 2017 season including Ramin Gray and David Greig’s The Suppliant Women on The GuardianWhat's On StageTheatre.London and Official Theatre London.

Audio described performance
18 Nov, 2.30pm

Captioned performance
23 Nov, 7.30pm

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