Electra – a Greek tragedy in London


Whether you are familiar with your Greek tragedies or not, there is one show not to be missed in London this December.

Sophocles’ Electra tells the tale of Electra and her brother Orestes who are trying to avenge the death of their father Agamemnon; the King who was slain by his wife and lover when they ransacked Troy. What follows is a story of revenge, bitterness, regret and loss.

This new production at the Old Vic has been directed by Ian Rickson, who is best known for his new plays, including hit-show Jerusalem. In the past, Rickson has dealt with classic shows as if they were completely new, ignoring old staging traditions and prompts. One only has to look at his controversial recent production of Hamlet, which starred Michael Sheen and was situated in an asylum. Who knows what Rickson will do with the tale of Electra, but it is sure to be riveting nonetheless.

The lead role will be played by Kristin Scott Thomas, who is famed for her work in The English Patient, Only God Forgives and Four Weddings and a Funeral. If you are impressed by her Electra, be sure to also catch her in The Apollo’s The Audience, which will be playing from April 21st to July 25th 2015 – she will be playing Queen Elizabeth II herself!

Electra will be on at the Old Vic until December 20th, meaning you won’t have much time to catch it. Be sure to book your London hotel as soon as possible to avoid disappointment in what can often be a busy festive period for the capital city. Adult tickets for the show range between £10 and £55.