Female playwrights star in new National Theatre lineup

Season includes Kate Tempest reimagining of Greek classic and version of Guardian microplay Death of England

Kate Tempest’s reimagining of a Greek classic and an adaptation of a short film created by the Guardian are two of the standout productions in the National Theatre’s upcoming season, which features more female than male playwrights after criticism of the institution’s gender balance.

Tempest, a poet, rapper and actor, will present Paradise, a reimagining of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, as part of a season in which eight of the 15 productions are written by women.

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