Live Canon and the Ukrainian Institute London


Written by by Lesia Ukrainka Translated by Nina Murray

The Trojan story retold by Ukraine’s pioneering feminist writer, Lesia Ukrainka.

Imagine you could see the future, but no one would believe anything you said. This is Cassandra’s fate. Stuck in besieged Troy and knowing exactly how the war will end, Cassandra sees the destruction unfold around her, just as she knew it would.

First published in 1908, Lesia Ukrainka’s poetic drama retells the story of the Trojan war from Cassandra’s perspective. Today, Cassandra continues to speak with uncanny immediacy in the contemporary era of post-truth politics, under the shadow of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Presented by Live Canon and the Ukrainian Institute London in an award-winning new translation by Nina Murray.

This production is part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture devised jointly by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute. Presented in Oxford in association with the APGRD and the Oxford University Ukrainian Society.

Age guidance: 12+
Contains loud and sudden noises, depiction of violence and war

Post Show Q&A

Join us for post-show Q&As on Thursday 23 March and the matinee performance Saturday 25 March.

Thursday 23: with Nina Murray (translator of Cassandra) and members of the cast

Saturday 25, matinee: with Helen Eastman (director of Cassandra), Nina Murray (translator), Prof Edith Hall (Professor of Classics and expert in Greek Theatre), Dr Sasha Dovzhyk (Ukrainian writer and expert on Lesia Ukrainka)


23 March 2023 - 7:30 pm
25 March 2023 - 2:30 pm
25 March 2023 - 7:30 pm

Full Price: £16
Concessions/Displaced Ukranians: £12

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