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‘A once-in-a-lifetime piece of theatre. The best thing that’s been on the stage this year’.
Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out
‘The best show of the year. Shockingly good’
Lyn Gardner, Guardian
The unmissable acclaimed masterpiece
Oresteia is brought to you from the Almeida Theatre - a venue renowned for introducing ground-breaking, critically acclaimed transfers to the West End. Following Chimerica, Ghosts, King Charles III and 1984, Oresteia at Trafalgar Studios is their most recent exhilarating theatrical feat.
A huge, moving, bloody saga, the original of all family dramas, Aeschylus' greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done?
Part Godfather, part Breaking Bad, this new reimagined version of the epic Greek saga is the unmissable event of the year.
Directed by Robert Icke (Mr. Burns; 1984) and starring Lia Williams (Old Times; Earthquakes in London) as Klytemnestra and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Electra.
ROBERT ICKE - VERSION/ DIRECTION
HILDEGARD BECHTLER – DESIGN
NATASHA CHIVERS – LIGHT
TOM GIBBONS – SOUND
JULIA HORAN CDG – CASTING
“It’s an agonising, brutal and brilliant show”
This is Greek drama humanised and modernised and it’s a tremendous achievement.
‘Theatre at its most vital. As alarmingly good as it is intense and distressing. If you see only one play this autumn, make it this one.’
‘Electrifying. The Almeida’s latest, superb West End transfer. Lia Williams is absolutely riveting as Klytemnestra’
'Luminously interpreted with central performances of captivating precision from Angus Wright and Lia Williams’
‘Theatre at its most electrifying, stunningly beautiful. A staggering performance from Lia Williams’
Official London Theatre
Linda Karshan8th November
This may be the finest theatrical event I have ever seen: brilliantly conceived and perfectly realized. In short, a triumph. I was deeply inspired.
Martin Batson7th November
Excellent production if a little long. Theatre needs to do something about the air conditioning as it was very warm for a night in November.
Irina Ciobanu6th November
The most impressive theatre experience I had in my entire life!
Felicity Fine6th November
Brilliant in every way! One of the best theatre experiences ever!
Maria Harlan6th November
I think I would have liked it a lot - except that there was so much of it that I couldn't hear. If the mikes could have been notched up a bit, I am sure it would have been a great joy -possibly a 5 star experience - but as it was I had to strain and strain and guess and guess. Others around me in row c were similarly affected. Had I known this beforehand I would not have gone. PLEASE make sure the play is audible throughout!
Julie Royce3rd November
Very powerful haunting drama. Deserves the great reviews. The time ticked by so quickly as it was so gripping.
Julie Ledger1st November
Great in parts. Not so good in others
clive hilton1st November
Great production,very uncomfortable seating for such a long performance
Andrea Economou1st November
What a fantastic play. Great performances by all the cast. The spirit of Aeschylus permeated the play. Well done for bringing this play to the west end and keeping Greek theatre alive.
Angela F joyce31st October
A marathon of an event. Going on a Friday night was not the best, already tired from week's work. Harrowing narrative but ultimately enforcing the tragedy of 'an eye for an eye' vengeance and the importance of interrupting trauma down the generations. Locating it in contemporary times worked well. The fate of Electra not clear and so was puzzling. Sometimes the actors' voices were too soft and diction not so clear. The auditorium was too hot. The child actors excellent especially the Iphigenia character. Her presence was haunting- very powerful.
Vasileios Fotopoulos30th October
Oresteia was by far one of the best theatrical productions I have ever seen in London. Excellent direction and performances by everyone, especially Jessica Brown Findley.
Karen Mustin30th October
Brilliant performances all round. Liked the use of a large screen.