Racine's Britannicus

A new translation by Timberlake Wertenbaker


Dates: Thursday 13th October to Saturday 19th November
Times: Tues - Sat 7:30pm, Thurs and Sat matinees 2:30pm, press night (21st October) 7:00pm
Prices: Previews £17.50, matinees £20, standard tickets £25, concession £22.50
Food: A buffet of light salads and tapas will be available from the bar.
N/B: There will be no show on Thursday 20th October, Tuesday 8th November or Thursday 17th November


An ambitious mother. A rebellious son. An orphaned heir to the throne of Rome. 

Part political thriller, part family drama, Britannicus depicts twenty-four hours in the life of Emperor Nero that were to change the course of Roman history. Agrippina, widow of the Emperor Claudius, has paved the way for her son Nero to succeed to the throne ahead of his step-brother Britannicus. But as Nero's taste for power grows stronger, Agripinna struggles to keep control of her son as he edges Rome ever closer to catastrophe.

A savage dissection of what happens when the personal and political worlds collide, Racine's classic play is brought to life in a new translation by Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Award-winner Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country's GoodThree Birds Alighting on a Field). It is directed by Irina Brown (Further than the Furthest Thing, National; Bird of Night, Royal Opera House; War and Peace at the Circus, Giffords Circus).

"Tragedy at its most fierce and unrelenting" Guardian on Irina Brown's production of Wertenbaker's Jenufa.

"A wonderfully poetic text… work of the highest calibre" Toronto Star on Wertenbaker's translation of Racine's Phedre.

"I can think of few if any other dramatists who could give so rounded an account of so immediate yet permanent a topic." 
The Times
 on Wertenbaker's Credible Witness

"Wertenbaker's writing is always striking, and here there was ferocious power" - The Guardian on Wertenbaker's Dianeira.


Presented by Wilton's Music Hall and Natural Perspective Theatre Company. 
Commission supported by Arts Council England, Newbury Corn Exchange and Brighton Dome.

Buy Tickets
Book now via Wilton's Box Office on 020 7702 2789, online tickets coming soon.