Recorded live in London on June 25, 2009 and seen by over 50,000 people worldwide, Phèdre starring Oscar Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, will be re-broadcast in an encore screening.
Helen Mirren takes the title role in this savage play by Jean Racine, translated into muscular free verse by the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes. 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.