29 May 2015 - 18 Jul 2015

Almeida Greeks

Oresteia

Aeschylus | a new version created by Robert Icke

Tickets £10 - £38


production information

Orestes' parents are at war. A family drama spanning several decades, a huge, moving, bloody saga, Aeschylus' greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done - and continues to resonate more than two millennia after it was written. 

Following Mr Burns and 1984, Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke radically reimagines Oresteia for the modern stage, in its first major London production in more than a decade.

Lia Williams returns to the Almeida as Klytemnestra.

Dates & Tickets

This information is for Oresteia at the Almeida which has now closed. For Oresteia in the West End, please click here

The running time is approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes including a 10 minute pause and a 15 minute interval. Latecomers will not be admitted. 

Previews Fri 29 May - Thu 4 Jun
Press Night Fri 5 Jun

Evenings 7pm
Sat matinees 1pm from 13 Jun
Wed matinees 1pm on 24 Jun, 1 Jul & 8 Jul

Talkback
Wed 1 Jul
Post-show discussion with members of the Oresteia company (after 7pm evening performance) 
Free to same day ticket holders

Supporters' Evening
Mon 29 Jun 
Pre-show talk in the auditorium at 6.15pm 

Captioned Performance
Fri 3 Jul 7pm

Audio Described Performances 
by VocalEyes 

Sat 27 Jun 1pm
(Touch Tour at 11.15am)

Fri 10 Jul 7pm
(Touch Tour at 5.30pm)

Click here for information about Concessions.

 

 



 

 

 

Theatre includes: Little Light (Orange Tree Theatre); Medea; Blurred Lines; Damned by Despair; the Cry of the Cricket (National Theatre); Crowning Glory; The Big Life; Funny Black Women on the Edge; Da Boyz; One Dance Will Do (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Fear (Bush Theatre); Clybourne Park (Royal Court / Wyndham’s Theatre); Short Fuses (Bristol Old Vic); Once on This Island (Hackney Empire / tour); Things of Dry Hours (Royal Exchange, Manchester / Gate Theatre); 93.2 FM (Royal Court); Trade (RSC); The Weave (Soho Theatre); Itsy Bitsy Spider (Talawa Theatre Company); Shoot 2 Win (Arawak Moon / Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Up Against the Wall (Black Theatre Co-operative); Once on This Island (Birmingham Repertory Theatre).

Television includes: True Love; Love Life; Outnumbered; The Catherine Tate Show; Doctors; The Bill; The Vivienne Vyle Show; The Ronni Ancona Show; Much Ado About Nothing; French and Saunders; Family Business; Holby City; Jailbirds; Murder Most Horrid; Casualty; Dangerfield; Anna Lee.

Film includes: Taking Stock; Les Misérables; Gambit; World War Z; Little Soldier.

Lorna trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

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 ★★★★★[An] exhilarating adaptation.. you can almost see the dust flying off the old master

Observer

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★★★★★  Bold, accessible, resonant

The Stage

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 ★★★★ Beautifully staged… striking performances… Lia Williams is brilliant

The Guardian

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★★★★ Thrilling and frightening… grips, surprises and unsettles throughout. Huge themes… big success.

The Times

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★★★★ A revelatory start to the Almeida’s season of classic Greek theatre

Evening Standard

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★★★★ Intense and absorbing… never holds back

The Public Reviews

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 ★★★★★ Searing...Superb.

Time Out

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 ★★★★ Robert Icke's gripping, radical restless adaptation... A tremendous start to the Almeida's Greek season. 

Financial Times

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 ★★★★★ [Robert Icke's] remarkable acheivement is to make the ordinary extroardinary, the domestic epic, and vice versa over and over again.

Mail on Sunday

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 ★★★★★ This is theatre-making that rearranges the audience's understanding of mythic characters, pulling off nuance as well as heft. 

Sunday Times

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 ★★★★★ It engages the mind while grappling our guts... The bar for the Almeida Greeks season has been set astoundingly high 

City AM

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Enthralling... Wipe(s) away the distance between antiquity and the present.

The New York Times

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Gripping, relevant.

The Huffington Post

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Additional information

Evening performances begin at 7pm. The running time is approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes including a 10 minute pause and a 15 minute interval. Latecomers will not be admitted.


Cast & Creatives

Lorna Brown
Jessica Brown Findlay
Rudi Dharmalingam
Annie Firbank
Joshua Higgott
John Mackay
Luke Thompson
Lia Williams
Angus Wright
Hara Yannas

Amelia Baldock
Eve Benioff Salama
Ilan Galkoff
Cameron Lane
Clara Read
Bobby Smalldridge

Version/Direction Robert Icke
Design Hildegard Bechtler
Light Natasha Chivers
Sound Tom Gibbons
Video Tim Reid 
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Assistant Direction Anthony Almeida
Consultant Academic Simon Goldhill 
Costume Supervision
 Laura Hunt
Dramaturg Duška Radosavljević
Casting Associate Lotte Hines
Assistant Sound Designer Dan Balfour 

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