IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS  By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe            

The Rose Playhouse

16th June to 4th July 2015 All Performances at 7.30 pm (Sundays at 3.00 pm Only) No Monday Performances

‘The small cast all deliver solid performances, though especially strong are Suzanne Marie as Iphigenia and James Barnes as King Thoa.’ FEMALE ARTS *****

This simple but incredibly powerful production takes a modern message and places it in a stunning historical setting that’s at once intimate and spectacular. See it while you can. CARN’S THEATRE PASSION *****

"Have only men a right to heroic deeds? Can they alone embrace the impossible?"

Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon, is in exile as a priestess in the Temple of Diana, in the land of Tauri (present-day Crimea). Thoas, King of the Taurians, who wishes to marry Iphigenia, has ordered the sacrifice of her brother Orestes and his friend Pylades. Torn between her loyalty to the King and her love for her brother, Iphigenia must find a way to save her brother and bring about peace through her own divine image as a woman and bearer of truth. Iphigenia's captivating charisma, strength of spirit, and purity of heart shines through Roy Pascal's translation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Iphigenia in Tauris. It is Iphigenia's powerful female voice that transcends the heavens, as like an Amazon, she heroically empowers herself with her own sword of truth, saves her brother Orestes and courageously breaks the Tantalid family curse forever.

A masterful story about exile and sacrifice and the power of the female voice.

This translation of Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris Copyright © Estate of Roy Pascal

Iphigenia in Tauris - June 2015 at The Rose Playhouse (James Barnes as Thoas : Suzanne Marie as Iphigenia) Photos by Lidia CrisafulliIphigenia in Tauris - June 2015 At The Rose Playhouse (Andrew Strafford-Baker as Pylades : Ben Hale as Orestes) Photos by Lidia CrisafulliIphigenia in Tauris - June 2015 at The Rose Playhouse (Ben Hale as Orestes) Photos by Lidia Crisafulli


Suzanne Marie - Iphigenia

James Barnes - King Thoas

Ben Hale - Orestes

Andrew Strafford-Baker - Pylades

Alec Bennie - Arkas

Creatives & Team

Pamela Schermann - Director

Annegret Märten - Dramaturg

Gillian Steventon - Costume designer

Petr Vocka - Lighting designer

Phil Matejtschuk - Sound designer

Theresa Schwarzkopf - Stage Manager

Armi Utriainen - Production assistant


The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.
Written by
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (English translation by Roy Pascal)
Directed by
Pamela Schermann
Presented by
The Rose Playhouse

Booking Information


Full £12 / Cons £10 (Friends of The Rose, OAP, Student or Equity – on presentation of ID) £9 Southwark Residence With Proof of Address

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020 7261 9565



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