Lia Williams in Oresteia at Trafalgar Studios 1
The Acclaimed Show Transfers from the Almeida Theatre in Islington in August
The latest high profile transfer to emerge from the Almeida Theatre takes the form of Oresteia, which is set to hit the stage of Whitehall’s Trafalgar Studios 1 this August.
It is the latest occasion in which a highly regarded show transfers to the West End with some of its original cast members, as Lia Williams is set to reprise her role as Clytemnestra.
She’s not alone either as other performers appearing in the transfer include the original’s Hara Yannas, Angus Wright, Luke Thompson, Joshua Higgott, Annie Firbank, Jessica Brown Findlay and Lorna Brown.
Oresteia is the iconic Greek tragedy that is brought to the stage by Robert Icke. It spans a long period of time and focuses a war between Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who are both parents to Orestes. The original was a series of tragedies penned by Aeschylus and has been performed for centuries, beginning with its first appearance as early as 458 BC.
This version of the story first appeared at the Almeida Theatre in May and ran until earlier this month. Robert Icke directs and he also created this production.
Performer Lia Williams appears in the production having not only appeared at the Almeida Theatre but also having appeared in a wealth of previous productions on stages around the capital and beyond. She is an acclaimed actress whose credits include Skylight at both the Cottesloe National Theatre and the Wyndham’s Theatre, as well as its Broadway transfer, earning her a Tony Award nomination. Her other work includes The Hothouse at the National Theatre and Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre, as well as screen work like Midsomer Murders, Doc Martin, A Touch Of Frost and The Last Detective, amongst others.
Director Robert Icke, meanwhile, is the Associate Director for the Almeida Theatre whose previous work with the company includes The Fever, My Burns and 1984, the latter of which has been revived at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre this year.
Oresteia runs at the Trafalgar Studios 1 from Monday 7th September 2015 (previews from Saturday 22nd August 2015) to Saturday 7th November 2015.