Almeida Greeks’ Oresteia in West End Transfer

Eve Benioff Salama, Lia Williams, Ilan Galkoff & Angus Wright in Oresteia. Almeida Theatre. By Manuel Harlan

The critically acclaimed production of the Almeida’s Oresteia is set for a West End transfer, playing at the Trafalgar Studios from next month.

And audiences will find themselves overwhelmed by Greek tragedy as Shakespeare’s Globe is staging the same play (though not the same stylised production) at the same time.

Robert Icke’s adapation of Aeschylus’ tragedy opened in Islington in June as the inaugural production in the theatre’s Almeida Greeks season (read our verdict bit.ly/1HiDfy9).

Jessica Brown Findlay and Angus Wright in Oresteia. Almeida Theatre. By Manuel Harlan

The contemporary relevance and prescience of the classic piece is brought sharply to life in Icke’s bold and immediate production.

The cast at the Trafalgar Studios will include original cast members Lorna Brown, Jessica Brown Findlay, Annie Firbank, Joshua Higgott, Luke Thompson, Lia Williams, Angus Wright and Hara Yannas.

Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold said: “We are thrilled Oresteia is having a further life at the Trafalgar Studios.

“That a production of this ambition and intensity can find a commercial life is testament to the sheer modernity of the work and Robert Icke’s breath-taking vision.

“At the Almeida audiences were absolutely riveted throughout the run and, following on from Chimerica, 1984 and King Charles III, I believe the West End is in for another galvanising burst of exciting new work from the Almeida team.”

ATG’s Sir Howard Panter added: “It’s been a long time since the West End has seen a Greek tragedy of this scale and magnitude.

“Echoing the acclaimed West End transfers of Ghosts, Chimerica, 1984 and King Charles III with Sonia Friedman, this production of the Oresteia is yet again another remarkable theatrical achievement from the Almeida.

“ATG and SFP are thrilled to be bringing this critically acclaimed production into the Trafalgar Studios”.

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 will run at the Trafalgar Studios from August 22 to November 7.

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