Oresteia Reviews

BY Almeida Theatre   June 9, 2015

Reviews are in for Robert Icke's "searing, superb version"(Time Out) of Aeschylus' classic trilogy, Oresteia. Here's what critics have been saying:

★★★★★
“[An] exhilarating adaptation... The individual life versus the greater good. The inescapable consequences of foreign wars and of individual violence. The multiple accounts of one story. All this in one tremendous evening."
Susannah Clapp, Observer
[full review]

★★★★★
"{Robert Icke's} remarkable acheivement is to make the ordinary extraordinary, the domestic epic, and vice versa over and over again."
Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

★★★★★
"Robert Icke's reworking of Aeschylus is bold, accessible, resonant."
Natasha Tripney, The Stage
[full review]

★★★★★
"Searing, superb... Rudi Dharmalingam’s chorus-like Calchas says of the play: ‘this has all happened before, and more than once’. But not with this theatrical potency, not in my lifetime, I don’t think."
Andrzej Lukowski, Time
Out
[full review]

★★★★
"Beautifully staged... striking performances... Angus Wright memorably expresses the mental anguish of a divided leader, while Lia Williams is brilliant as a horrified Klytemnestra... There is no denying the wit and ingenuity of Icke's production."
Michael Billington, The Guardian
[full review]

★★★★
"Fiercely fresh ... Jessica Brown Findlay is an arresting Electra... A terrific start to the season."
Paul Taylor, The Independent
[full review]

 

★★★★
"Robert Icke's layered, rigorous take on Aeschylus’s 2,500-year-old tragic trilogy is a revelatory start to the Almeida’s season of classic Greek theatre... a meaty hybrid of courtroom drama and morally exacting epic."
Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
[full review]

★★★★
"Both thrilling enough and frightening enough to make that time zoom by... The sheer amount of ambition and skill in this quiet riot of theatricality is so great that this still grips, surprises and unsettles throughout... Huge themes, ordinary people, great performances, big success."
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
[full review - subscription needed]

★★★★
"The revelatory staging engages deeply with questions about justice, justification, and the way drama explores such territory... A tremendous start to the Almeida's Greek season."
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
[full review - subscription needed]


Oresteia
| 29 May - 18 July | Info & tickets