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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida was a theatre production by Japanese Theatre du Sygne, based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Hisao Takase and Masanori Takahashi directed it.

The production was performed as a visiting performance at BIT Teatergarasjen the autumn of 2005.

The play builds on the ancient Greek legend about Troy and the Trojan War. In a grandiose Japanese full format about 20 actors entered the stage to bring some of the great characters and legends of the ancient times alive.


(Objekt ID 6347)
Object type Production
Premiere September 29, 2005
Produced by
Based on Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
Language Japanese
Subtitles English
Keywords Theatre

Requirements to venue

Blackout No

Shakespeare's narrative Troilus and Cressida is one of the most philosophical works of the 17th century. It is a study of human values, virtues and desires, focused on its central event: the war between the Greeks and the Trojans over the abduction of the beautiful, legendary Helen.

The audience meets agitated warlords in Ulysses and Thersites, a war-wary Achilles and intrigues of love and jealousy.

Synopsis: For 10 years, the Greek army has been encamped outside the walls of Troy. The war is at a deadlock. In particular, Achilles is sulking and refuses to fight. In Troy, prince Troilus tells Pandarus that he is in love with Cressida (daughter of the Trojan Calchas who has deserted to the Greeks) and that the love is reciprocated.

The Trojan prince Hector challenges any Greek to single combat, and the Greek commanders fix it for Ajax to win, in an attempt to make Achilles jealous and provoke him back to battle. The Greeks tell the Trojans that they will lift the siege if the Trojans hand over the Greek princess Helen, whose elopement with Paris of Troy began the war. Hector and Cassandra urge acceptance, but Paris and Troilus insist that the war continue.

Calchas asks Agamemnon to bring his daughter Cressida to the Greek camp, exchanging her for the captured Trojan Antenor. Diamedes performs the exchange, and Cressida is welcomed into the Greek camp. Ajax now accepts Hector's challenge, but Hector stops to fight because he discovers that they are distantly related. To Achilles' fury, the Greeks fete Ajax as a hero.

Ulysses brings Troilus where he can eavesdrop on Cressida flirting with Diamedes, and Troilus vows to kill him. The fighting becomes general, and Hector kills Achilles' friend Patroclus. This finally brings Achilles back into the battle, and he and his soldiers surround Hector and kill him.

Troilus takes news to Troy that the war is continuing as hopelessly as before and that Achilles has tied Hector's corpse to his horse's tale and is dragging it through the dust. The play ends in the same chaos and disillusion as when it started. 


BIT Teatergarasjen, autumn program 2005. 14.09.2010 www.bit-teatergarasjen.no -archive

Theatre du Sygne 2005, performance program, BIT Teatergarasjen

Performance dates
October 1, 2005BIT Teatergarasjen, Norsk Dramatikk Show
September 30, 2005BIT Teatergarasjen, Norsk Dramatikk Show
September 29, 2005BIT Teatergarasjen, Norsk Dramatikk National premiere, Norway