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The Oresteia

29 August - 16 October

£5 standing
£17 - £43 seats

Running time:
Approximately 3 hours
including two intervals  


Directed by
Adele Thomas 

Adapted by 
Rory Mullarkey

From the original by

Designed by
Hannah Clark  

Composed by
Mira Calix 


Naana Agyei-Ampadu

Trevor Fox

Dennis Herdman

Rosie Hilal

George Irving
Agamemnon / Apollo

Branka Katic

James Lailey

Joel MacCormack

Petra Massey

Dean Nolan

Brendan O'Hea

Paul Rider

Sid Sagar

Katy Stephens

Dickon Tyrrell

  • 2015/Globe/Theatre/Oresteia

Please note: this production has now closed

A radical reinvention of the classic tale of justice and mercy

Before setting out for the Trojan War, King Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia. Many years later, when Agamemnon returns to his palace, his adulterous Queen Clytemnestra takes her revenge by brutally murdering him and installing her lover on the throne. How will the gods judge Orestes, their estranged son, who must continue the endless cycle of revenge by murdering his mother?

Perfectly suited to the outdoor arena of the Globe, this innovative new adaptation is the original and ultimate tale of justice and mercy.

Adele Thomas (The Knight of the Burning Pestle) directs this thrilling three-act adaptation of the original epic trilogy, newly adapted for the Globe by Rory Mullarkey (winner of the prestigious George Devine Award for his play The Wolf from the Door at the Royal Court).

Contains brief moment of nudity, smoking, haze, incense and bloody violence.


'A gripping evening that makes you laugh one moment and shudder the next'
The Times

'This venue is ideal for Greek tragedy... tremendous'

'One of the best things the Globe has done'
The Independent 

'Katy Stephens is a powerful Clytemnestra... She is the dynamic centre of the show'
The Guardian  

'Visceral in every sense'
The Observer 

'One of the most visually inventive productions of this, or any, Globe season'
The Stage

'A vivid, boisterous, mordantly funny take'
Time Out

'Witty, brash and steeped in blood'
Evening Standard 

'Adele Thomas’s visually striking production... [Rory] Mullarkey’s vibrant translation slithers from the poetic to the colloquial... there are some fine performances: Katy Stephens makes a magnificently vengeful Clytemnestra, Trevor Fox a viciously deranged Aegisthus and Joel MacCormack a traumatised Orestes...'
Financial Times

'Important, timely and unexpectedly palatable'

700 £5 tickets for every performance

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