Olivier Winner Maria Friedman Set for Reading of New Musical The Trojan Women


Four-time Olivier winner Maria Friedman, who made her Broadway debut in The Woman in White, will star in an industry reading of The Trojan Women August 9 at Dragon Hall in London’s Covent Garden.

An adaptation of Euripides’ Greek tragedy, this new hybrid musical-chamber opera features a libretto by Ellen McLaughlin and music by Sarah Taylor Ellis.

Friedman will star as Hecuba in the Adele Thomas-helmed presentation, with Abiona Omonua (Caroline, or Change) as Helen of Troy, Gweneth-Ann Rand (Porgy and Bess) as Andromache, Sarah Minns (La Voix Humaine) as Cassandra, and Samuel Thomas as Talthybius, plus a chorus featuring Naomi Felix, Yolanda Grant-Thompson, Samantha Houston, Juliette Koch, Lucinda Scott, and Tanisha Spring. The speaking role of Poseidon, God of the Sea, will be played by Fringe First-winning drag king Lucy Jane Parkinson.

Intersectional feminist opera and music theatre company HERA produces; Rodney Bush serves as music director.

Industry members interested in attending should email toria@wearehera.co.uk.

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