The Oresteia

A radical, stripped back version of Aeschylus' masterful trilogy: Translated by Ted Hughes and Directed by Blanche McIntyre

By Lee Isherwood | October 13th '15

A radical, stripped back version of Aeschylus’ masterful trilogy: Translated by Ted Hughes and Directed by Blanche McIntyre
Fri 23 Oct 2015 – Sat 14 Nov 2015


We have poured out the blood
That poisoned this house.

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Terrible secrets are handed down through the generations in a bloody chain of murder and revenge. The Oresteia, the first great work of theatre written two and a half thousand years ago, is as gripping and relevant as ever. Where is justice in a landscape of blood?

Taking the translation by one of the great poets of the twentieth century, Ted Hughes, this swift-moving, newly cut version radically condenses Aeschylus’ epic trilogy into one play.

HOME welcomes director Blanche McIntyre (Best Director TMA 2013 UK Theatre Awards; Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award), with an ensemble of actors playing multiple roles that cross generations and genders.