Masque Theatre bring Greek Tragedy to the 1920s

Masque Theatre‘s latest production – The Bacchae – heads to the Holy Sepulchre from 15-19 May 2018

Director Rob Kendall has taken the classic Greek tragedy by Euripides and brought it into the flapper era of the late 1920’s where the all-female chorus get to wear cabaret styled costumes with headbands to match while they celebrate in jazz-dance and song the cult of Dionysus, god of wine and pleasure.

Cast of The Bacchae

The story is based on the myth of King Pentheus of Thebes and his mother Agave, who are punished by the god Dionysus (also known as Bacchus) for refusing to worship him. Pentheus refuses to believe that the women of Thebes, who have gone off into the forest under the influence of Dionysus, are observing religious rites, but that they are instead indulging in drunken and illicit behaviour free of the rules of the City.

Featuring a cast of Masque regulars and some newcomers, The Bacchae takes place in the beautiful surrounding of the Holy Sepulchre on Sheep Street.

The Chorus

Masque Theatre are one of Northampton’s most popular amateur theatre groups. So far 2018 has seen them perform Woman in Mind and Madame Bovary (both at The Playhouse), with performances of Hamlet (outdoors at Abington Park Museum), and Defying Gravity (again at The Playhouse) coming up later in the year.

The Bacchae runs from 15-19 May 2018 at 7.30pm at The Holy Sepulchre Sheep St, Northampton NN1 3NL.  Tickets are £9, £8 concessions and can be booked direct on Masque phone 07586 288793, online at, email or in person from St. Giles Music, St Giles Terrace.