Oresteia is Canceled

In light of the circumstances involving COVID-19, we regret to inform you that the highly anticipated productions of Hamlet and Oresteia directed by Robert Icke, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2–Saturday, August 15, 2020, have been canceled this year. We are scheduling the productions to a similar period in 2021.

If you are a ticket holder to this event, please await further communication from Park Avenue Armory regarding refunds and exchanges. If you would like to contact the Box Office directly, please call (212) 933-5812 Monday–Friday, 10:00am–6:00pm, or email solutions@armoryonpark.org. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

“A magnificent Lia Williams…[Icke’s] exhilarating adaptation is in part a demolition…It dispenses with stage conventions. Yet this is not destruction, but revelation.”

The Guardian (UK)

“Robert Icke’s extraordinary adaptation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia makes it feel as if you have electrodes wired into your soul.”

Time Out (London)

For an unprecedented 11-week run, and in repertory with Icke’s Hamlet, the Olivier-Award winning Oresteia will play at the Armory. This electrifying adaptation by Robert Icke of Aeschylus’ seminal trilogy played to sold-out houses at the Almeida and in London’s West End. Icke has condensed and modernized the Greek trilogy into a single performance that presents the play as a bold family drama that “flows by like a waking dream” (Time Out London). Recognized as one of the greatest theater directors working today, Icke is acclaimed for his intelligent and accessible productions and his ability to bring fresh, new perspectives to classic texts. For his production of Oresteia, he became the youngest winner of the Olivier Award for Best Director and also won the Best Director prize at both the Critics Circle and Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Lia Williams will return to the production as the enthralling Klytemnestra, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress. The distinguished company presents a new version of this epic revenge tragedy that is contemporary and exhilarating.

Artist Talk: Oresteia
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

This event has been canceled.

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

Robert Icke, Direction
Hildegard Bechtler, Set and Costume Design


Photo by Manuel Harlan

Oresteia is supported by production sponsor NewYork-Presbyterian.

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June 11–August 15, 2020

All performances of Oresteia have been canceled.

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

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This performance is approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes with two intermissions.

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