“[Icke’s] exhilarating adaptation is in part a demolition…It dispenses with stage conventions. Yet this is not destruction, but revelation.…it is whole and entire of itself.”
—The Guardian (UK), ★★★★★
“Robert Icke’s extraordinary adaptation of Aeschylus’s Oresteia makes it feel as if you have electrodes wired into your soul.”
—Time Out London, ★★★★
“Lia Williams is absolutely riveting as Klytemnestra”
—The Times (UK), ★★★★★
Aeschylus’ greatest and final play is a searing familial saga that examines the sins of a family over several decades and explores whether justice can ever really be done. Robert Icke‘s Olivier Award-winning adaptation of this moral dilemma comes to the Armory for its North American premiere following sold-out runs at the Almeida Theatre and on London’s West End.
Icke radically reimagines this Greek drama for the modern stage, condensing the tragic trilogy into a single performance that electrifies and devastates in equal measure. Lia Williams (The Crown, His Dark Materials) returns as the enthralling Klytemnestra, a role for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress. This daring update allows audiences to investigate the justification of vengeance, the possibility of finding justice in retaliation, and the role of judicial democracy at work—themes that continue to resonate nearly two and a half millennia after the play was written.
This production will play in repertory with Hamlet for the first time, allowing audiences to experience the throughlines and connections in these classic dramas—depicting two epic family sagas written over 2,000 years apart—performed by the same cast.
Oresteia Opening Night Benefit
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 5:00pm
North American Premiere
A Park Avenue Armory and Almeida Theatre Production
This Production had its World Premiere at The Almeida Theatre in London
Produced by The Almeida Theatre and Produced in the West End by Ambassador Theatre Group and Sonia Friedman Productions
After Aeschylus, in an adaptation by Robert Icke
Direction, Robert Icke
Sets & Costumes, Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting, Natasha Chivers
Sound, Tom Gibbons
Video, Tim Reid
Photo: Miles Aldridge
Thursday, June 9–Monday, June 20, 2022
Tuesday, June 21–Saturday, August 13, 2022
Evenings at 7:00pm
Matinees at 1:00pm
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Tickets start at $45 (plus fees)
Wade Thompson Drill Hall
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This performance is approximately 3 hours and 55 minutes including two intermissions.
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