The Trafalgar Studios 1 in London’s West End welcomes this unmissable staging of the iconic Greek tragedy of Orestaia in September 2015, giving audiences the chance to witness the work of Robert Icke as he directs Lia Williams in the role of Clytemnestra.
It is the latest high profile transfer from one of London’s many beloved theatres to the West End and with Icke and Williams making the journey to Theatreland, they also bring with them performers like Hara Yannas, Angus Wright, Luke Thompson, Joshua Higgott, Annie Firbank, Jessica Brown Findlay and Lorna Brown.
The tragedy was penned over two millennia ago, with Aeschylus’ play first being staged in 458 BC. It spans a great deal of time and centres on a conflict between the characters of Agamemnon and Clymnestra, both of whom are parents to Orestes. Aeschylus’ original was a trilogy of plays that dealt with the family house and has survived through the centuries to endure as a powerful and compelling story.
This version of the story was first staged at the Almeida Theatre in Islington in May 2015 and now it is the turn of West End audiences to pick up theatre tickets and find out why this has attracted such attention.
One of the reasons has to the performance of Lia Williams as Clymnestra. The acclaimed performer has appeared in many shows for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End, whilst also earning a Tony Award nomination in the late 1990s. Her credits include Skylight at the Cottesloe National Theatre (now the Dorfman Theatre), the Wyndham’s Theatre and on Broadway (the source of her Tony nomination), The Hothouse at the National Theatre and Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Audiences headed to the Trafalgar Studios on Whitehall will also recognise her from various television and film productions.
Another source of attention will surely be director Robert Icke, the Associate Director of the Almeida Theatre, whose work has been seen both at the Islington venue and in the West End, such as the recent adaptation of 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre.
Oresteia runs at the Trafalgar Studios 1 from Monday 7th September 2015 (previews from Saturday 22nd August 2015).
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