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The Oresteia
Adapted by Rory Mullarkey
Directed by Adele Thomas
Saturday 29 August – Friday 16 October

Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
London SE1 9DT

Award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey has been commissioned to adapt Aeschylus’s Oresteia for Adele Thomas’s forthcoming production, playing at the Globe from 29 August 2015.

Documenting the bitter cycle of violent retribution that afflicts the House of Atreus as a consequence of Agamemnon’s sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia, the Oresteia dramatises the shift away from the ‘natural law’ of the individual blood vendetta and towards a self-governing polis founded on principles of fair trial and punishment. The Globe’s new production will explore the contemporary resonances in Aeschylus’s extraordinary portrait of a society in a state of great flux and turmoil.

Last year Rory won the George Devine Award (jointly with Alice Birch) and the Pinter Commission for The Wolf From the Door, which was produced at the Royal Court Upstairs in 2014, and the James Tait Prize for Cannibals, which opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in 2013. Rory was Writer-on-Attachment at the Royal Court in 2010 and was closely associated with the theatre’s international work, translating several Russian and Ukrainian plays, and Pearson Writer-in-Residence at the Royal Exchange in 2011. His other stage credits include Grandfathers (NT Shed), Decade (Headlong) and Come To Where I'm From (Paines Plough).

Rory said: “I'm thrilled to be working with Adele Thomas to bring one of history's great masterpieces to a new audience. The Globe space needs big language and big ideas, and Aeschylus' trilogy provides that in spades, so I can't wait to see how audiences respond to a fresh, new adaptation. It's a monumental challenge, but an exciting one.”