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Prospect recommends: Phèdre

By A S H Smyth  

Since she last appeared nearly six years ago at the National Theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, Helen Mirren has accepted a damehood and played the Queen on screen, so she needs no prompting in the regal department as she takes on Racine’s doomed monarch, frying to death in the heat of an incestuous passion.

History will be made next week, on 25th June, when the production—which also stars Margaret Tyzack as the old nurse Oenone and Dominic Cooper…

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