The Trojan War Will Not Take Place by Jean Giraudoux, The Lyttleton, The National Theatre, 10 May 1983

Designer - Eileen Diss
Lighting designer - Mick Hughes
Costume designer - Robin Fraser-Paye
Music - Harrison Birtwhistle

Andromache - Marjorie Bland
Cassandra - Julie Legrand
Hector - Martin Jarvis
Paris - David Rintoul
Priam - Brewster Mason
Hecuba - Anette Crosbie
Polyxene - Sophie Ashton/Justine Simon
Demokos - Edward de Souza
Mathematician - Brian Spink
Helen - Nicola Paget
Peace - Jane Evers
Troilus - Julian Firth
Abneos - Bill Moody
Busiris - Ronald Hines
Ajax - Derek Newark
Ulysses - Barry Foster
Iris - Jane Evers

"Giraudoux's heavily ironic play about the peace-seeking Hector's unavailing attempt to forestall war had a certain fortuitous topicality. Britain at that time was still recovering from the bellicose jingoism induced by the Falklands War the previous year. The government's investment [...] in Trident [...] guaranteed the survival of the so-called 'British independent deterrent.' In theory, it was a good moment to revive a basically pacifist play."

Michael Billington, The Life and Work of Harold Pinter, London: Faber and Faber, 1996, pp.290-1.

"Harold Pinter was a brilliant choice of someone to direct this, because it's a play of a kind of minimal desiccated elegance which suggests the minimal nature of Pinter's own rather classical dramatic world, which admittedly is not loquacious, but is dry and elegant in a Giraudoux way."

Peter Conrad on Critics' Forum, BBC Radio 3, 14 May 1983.

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