There are just four more weeks for audiences to catch the Almeida Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Oresteia, by Aeschylus. The production, re-imagined for the modern stage by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke (The Fever, Mr Burns, 1984), transferred to Trafalgar Studios in August, following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre.
Robert Icke’s Oresteia has been heralded as one of the theatre events of the year, creating a style of theatre-going that is the theatrical equivalent of binge-watching – audiences continue to be captivated by the epic and mesmeric style of the production. The contemporary relevance and prescience of the classic piece is brought sharply to life in Icke’s bold and immediate production. The cast at Trafalgar Studios includes Lorna Brown, Jessica Brown Findlay, Annie Firbank, Joshua Higgott, Luke Thompson, Jonathan McGuinness, Oliver Ryan, Luke Thompson, Lia Williams, Angus Wright and Hara Yannas.
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.
Oresteia opened at the Almeida in June 2015 to public and critical acclaim, as the inaugural production in the theatre’s Almeida Greeks season.
Oresteia is directed by Robert Icke, designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with light by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video by Tim Reid. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.
Robert Icke is the Almeida’s Associate Director, where his new version of Uncle Vanya will premiere in February 2016, he most recently directed The Iliad, The Fever and Mr Burns. Other Almeida credits include 1984, a co-production with Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse co-created with Duncan Macmillan, for which he won the 2014 UK Theatre Award. Robert was previously Associate Director at Headlong.
The transfer of Oresteia is produced by Almeida Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group.
Photo: Manuel Harlan