RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida

Monday, January 14, 2019, 7:00 pm
Folger Theatre

Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle, broadcast live to cinemas from Shakespeare's home town.

Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

The Greek army is encamped under the walls of Troy and, at the point at which the play begins, the war has reached stalemate. The Greeks are quarrelling amongst themselves. Achilles, their greatest champion, refuses to fight and has withdrawn to his tent with his lover, Patroclus. Equally at odds with themselves, the Trojans are debating the value of continuing the war merely for the sake of keeping Helen.

With the fall of Troy certain, Troilus vows revenge on Achilles.

The runtime for this screening is approximately 3 hours, with a 20 minute intermission. Please note that a pre-show feature will begin at approximately 6:45pm. Arrive early to enjoy exclusive content from the Royal Shakespeare Company and get a behind-the-scenes look at the production.

Learn more at the RSC website.



This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.