ISBN: 9781783191499
Binding: PaperBack


Roland Schimmelpfennig

Translated by David Tushingham

‘A promise is a promise. A promise is a promise.’

Idomeneus, King of Crete, has killed his son. Or maybe not. Maybe he's let his son live, but angered the gods in doing so. Or maybe the person he thinks is his son is an imposter. Maybe his real son actually turned into a talking, shape-shifting sea-creature and is back to have a heart-to-heart. Or maybe it's all true, all at once. A kaleidoscope of monsters, mythmaking and sudden, striking humor, Roland Schimmelpfennig’s smash-hit Idomeneus details the end of a war between nations and the beginning of a war between reason and superstition. Idomeneus makes a promise to the gods, and what comes next is a fractured, mythic tidal wave, brought to life in an inventively staged quest-story.

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ISBN13 9781783191499
Binding PaperBack


'Roland Schimmelpfennig's nifty, multi-faceted and thoughtful play is exquisitely translated by David Tushingham’ Guardian ★★★★

'Idomeneus explores a mangled narrative that is already thousands of years old. Roland Schimmelpfennig's play, here translated by David Tushingham, is nominally about the Cretan king and his experience in the aftermath of Troy. But really, it's all about stories…. If stories can be told and retold and retold again, then the ending can be changed. Everything could be different.’  What's On Stage

‘…extraordinary new play…’ Stage Text

‘an engrossing meditation on fate: that which we can control, and that which can’t be escaped’. Time Out