Hécube, pas Hécube

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Tiago Rodrigues

France - Portugal / Created in 2024

After the fall of Troy, Hecuba is a woman who has lost everything and who demands justice. Euripides’ tragedy echoes the personal life of the actress playing Hecuba. A modern adaptation written for the Comédie-Française. 

Hécube, pas Hécube, Tiago Rodrigues © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d’Avignon


Hécube, pas Hécube is a tragedy born between the lines of another tragedy, written on the very skin of the actors of the Comédie-Française. Tiago Rodrigues shows us the life of Nadia, constantly running from the theatre stage to the courtroom. Nadia is rehearsing Euripides’s Hecuba while fighting for justice for her autistic son, mistreated by the institution that was supposed to take care of him. As the premiere of the play and the verdict of the trial approach, her world is turned upside-down. Nadia isn’t Hecuba, but her life is deeply impacted by the legend of the ancient queen of Troy who, after becoming a slave, fought against her fate and had to stand up to king Agamemnon on behalf of her son. 

En la derrota de Troya, Hécuba es una mujer que lo ha perdido todo y reclama justicia. Esta tragedia griega de Eurípides resuena la vida personal de la actriz que la interpreta. Una adaptación moderna escrita para la Comédie-Française. 

Interview with Tiago Rodrigues


With the cast of the Comédie-Française: Éric Génovèse, Denis Podalydès, Elsa Lepoivre, Loïc Corbery, Gaël Kamilindi, Élissa Alloula, Séphora Pondi
Text and direction Tiago Rodrigues
Translation Thomas Resendes (French)
Set design Fernando Ribeiro
Costumes José António Tenente
Lighting Rui Monteiro
Music and sound Pedro Costa
Artistic collaboration Sophie Bricaire
Translation for surtitles Panthea


Production Comédie-Française
Coproduction Festival d'Avignon
With the support of City of Boulbon, Fondation pour la Comédie‑Française, Spedidam for the 78th Festival d'Avignon
In partnership with ThéâtredelaCité Centre dramatique national Toulouse Occitanie
Acknowledgements Natacha Koutchoumov and her family, Sofia Milheiro, the Comédie-Française team, the ThéâtredelaCité Centre dramatique national Toulouse Occitanie team
Captation in partnership with France Télévisions

Hecuba, not Hecuba by Tiago Rodrigues, translated by Thomas Resendes, will be published by Les Solitaires intempestifs in July 2024.

With extracts from Hécube by Euripides, translated by Marie Delcourt-Curvers, published by Gallimard.

Tiago Rodrigues' works are on sale at the Librairie du Festival d'Avignon at the Maison Jean Vilar.

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