Aeschylus | a new version created by Robert Icke
Tickets £10 - £38
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.
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
Sat matinees 1pm from 13 Jun
Wed matinees 1pm on 24 Jun, 1 Jul & 8 Jul
Wed 1 Jul
Post-show discussion with members of the Oresteia company (after 7pm evening performance)
Free to same day ticket holders
Mon 29 Jun
Pre-show talk in the auditorium at 6.15pm
Fri 3 Jul 7pm
Audio Described Performances
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.
★★★★★[An] exhilarating adaptation.. you can almost see the dust flying off the old master
★★★★★ Bold, accessible, resonant
★★★★ Beautifully staged… striking performances… Lia Williams is brilliant
★★★★ Thrilling and frightening… grips, surprises and unsettles throughout. Huge themes… big success.
★★★★ A revelatory start to the Almeida’s season of classic Greek theatre
★★★★ Intense and absorbing… never holds back
The Public Reviews
★★★★ Robert Icke's gripping, radical restless adaptation... A tremendous start to the Almeida's Greek season.
Enthralling... Wipe(s) away the distance between antiquity and the present.
The New York Times
The Huffington Post
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.
Jessica Brown Findlay
Eve Benioff Salama
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