Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale to Co-Star on Stage in 'Medea'

MEDEA cast and creative team announcement- Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale - Publicity - H 2019
Caitlin Cronenberg

The couple will play separated spouses at war in director Simon Stone's contemporary rewrite of Euripides' Greek tragedy, beginning previews Jan. 12 at BAM.

Real-life partners Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale will play a divided couple drawn into brutal conflict when they co-star early next year in Australian director Simon Stone's contemporary rewrite of Medea.

The loose adaptation of Euripides' searing ancient Greek tragedy about a woman who takes revenge on the husband who leaves her by murdering his new wife as well as their own children will premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater, beginning previews Jan. 12 ahead of an official Jan. 30 opening.

Broadway regular Dylan Baker will also star in the limited engagement, which is scheduled to run through Feb. 23. Rounding out the ensemble are Victor Almanzar, Gabriel Amoroso, Jordan Boatman, Emeka Guindo, Orson Hong, Jolly Swag and Madeline Weinstein. 

Stone has had significant successes with fresh takes on classic texts that explore essential questions of the human condition, including The Oresteia, Ibsen's The Wild Duck, Chekhov's Platonov, Seneca's Thyestes and Lorca's Yerma, the latter becoming a sold-out smash in both London and New York, starring Billie Piper. 

The director made his feature film debut in 2015 with The Daughter, starring Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill, and is in production on The Dig, with Lily James, Carey Mulligan and Johnny Flynn.

"Medea is truly an international collaboration," said BAM artistic director David Binder. "I'm excited to welcome writer-director Simon Stone following his enormous success with Yerma, and look forward to having the incredible actors Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale in lead roles on our stage."

Stone's adaptation of Medea premiered to great acclaim in 2014 at the International Theater Amsterdam, which has a longstanding relationship with BAM. The production also was well-received earlier this year at the Barbican in London. The Guardian called it "funny, clever and harrowing in equal measure," while Le Figaro proclaimed it "heartbreakingly mythical."

In addition to their film and television profiles, both Byrne and Cannavale, who have been together for several years and have two children, have extensive theater credits.

Byrne made her Broadway debut in 2015, appearing opposite James Earl Jones in You Can't Take it With You. She returned to the stage in Sydney the following year in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow.

Cannavale co-starred on Broadway last season with Daniel Radcliffe and Cherry Jones in The Lifespan of a Fact. He received Tony nominations for his earlier work in Mauritius and The Motherfucker With the Hat and earned rave reviews at New York's Park Avenue Armory in 2017 as the lead in Richard Jones' staging of the 1922 Eugene O'Neill expressionist drama, The Hairy Ape.

Medea will be produced in New York by International Theater Amsterdam and BAM, with David Lan, former artistic director of London's Young Vic, serving as BAM's theater associate.

The production's creative team includes sets by Bob Cousins, costumes by An D'Huys, music and sound by Stefan Gregory, lighting by Sarah Johnston and video by Julia Frey.

Dec. 7, 11:45 a.m. PST Updated with full cast, dates and creative team.