Euripides' Bacchae is a tragedy of archaic simplicity, with a straightforward and transparent plot. A timeless masterpiece reassembling, in the legend of the God Dionysus, the motives of Greek tragedy: the manifestation of the divine, the inescapable downfall of human pride, and the belated realization of disastrous consequences.
Over the course of the centuries, the Bacchae frequently have been annotated, translated and staged. Raoul Schrott's interpretation, therefore, follows a long tradition. His virtuoso style succeeds in turning the Bacchae, without superficial "updating", into a modern play: fascinating and monumental, both close to and removed from our times.