At a street parade to honour the successful return of the consul Crassus from war in Thrace, his conquered prisoners are paraded through the streets. Among them is Spartacus and his wife Flavia; the couple are sold at a slave auction. Crassus claims the beautiful Flavia for his own house. Spartacus fights to stay with her, but to no avail. Batiatus, the local gladiator trainer, notes his great strength and buys him for the ring, along with his friend Hermes.
Batiatus trains the slaves to be fierce fighters, and both quickly rise to the same rank as Crixus, Batiatus’ top gladiator. Spartacus dreams of a simple, dignified life with Flavia. Instead, he is selected to fight against his friend Hermes in gladiatorial games to honour Crassus.
Spartacus is forced to kill Hermes in the arena. Horrified by his deed, he is spurred to rebellion and incites his fellow captives to break free of their chains.
Flavia endures life as a slave in Crassus’ villa, where the powerful consul indulges his every whim.
The rebels force their way into the villa, rescue Flavia and confront Crassus. On the point of killing him, Spartacus chooses mercy; he and his followers flee the villa.
Spartacus and Flavia share a moment of passion as the rebels exult in their freedom – but Spartacus knows their happiness will be fleeting. Crassus has summoned his legions to seek vengeance on them. After a long and bitter fight, the Roman army eventually overpowers the rebels, who, under Spartacus’ leadership, fight courageously to the end. They are sentenced to death by crucifixion along the Appian Way. Flavia, who has escaped the clutches of Rome, vows that Spartacus’ memory will live forever.
Choreography Lucas Jervies
Music Aram Khachaturian
Costume and set design Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting design Benjamin Cisterne
Dramaturge Imara Savage
Fight Director Nigel Poulton
The Dame Margaret Scott Fund for Choreographers has supported Lucas Jervies during his creation of Spartacus.