(Formerly the Whitehall Theatre)
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A huge, moving, bloody saga, the original of all family dramas,
Aeschylus' greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be
Part 'Godfather,' part 'Breaking Bad,' this new re-imagined version of
the epic Greek saga is the unmissable event of the year, in a transfer
from the Summer 2015 sell-out run at the Almeida, where it has been
universally hailed as an astonishing, bold and exhilarating theatrical
This play is from the team behind the multi award winning and
critically acclaimed "1984." Directed by Robert Icke and starring Lia
Williams as Klytemnestra and Jessica Brown Findlay as Electra.
(seen at the afternoon preview performance on 22nd August 2015)
Theatre heroin. To quote a young American visitor (who enquired worriedly of the
monkey, “is there a synopsis in the programme?” before the play began), by the
interval was saying “I don’t want it to end.” When it did end, an entire row was
checking with each other what the time was, as nobody believed it could have
flown so quickly.
This is theatre that induces a steady and gloriously
prolonged ‘high’ – so addictive that as each dose of play ended, the audience
remained seated so as not to risk losing out on the next.
Both title and 3 and a half hour running time may appear off-putting. Nothing
could be further from the truth. This is modern language, modern dress, a saga
of a family over decades. From youngsters playing, to their father the King
going off to war, to eldest son being held to account for what has passed.
Tragedy, joy, even running jokes and themes, with 2500 years of enduring
Aeschylus playscript to guide Robert Icke’s arguably Nobel Award standard
How do you single out a member of the cast for individual praise? The monkey
can’t and won’t. There is a newcomer who should go far, experienced hands who
deserve to go even further, and young children giving performances to remember.
It lists them here, only the second time it has given this honour, in
recognition of this ensemble achievement: Lorna Brown; Jessica Brown Findlay;
Annie Firbank; Joshua Higgott; Jonathan McGuinness; Oliver Ryan; Luke Thompson;
Lia Williams; Angus Wright; Hara Yannas; Ilan Galkoff and Dixie Egerickx.
The direction (author directing his own work) is faultless, with those in the
front row (as the monkey was) practically seated at table alongside the family,
and communing with the chorus.
Simplicity, words, rhythm, texture. Ingenious digital features. Time ruling all
(if the clock hits zero, you will be locked out for the next play, don’t risk
it) and the gods resolving everything.
This is the peak of the theatrical craft. Really, seriously, do not miss this.
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