The Royal Court Theatre has announced casting for their upcoming production of Bodies by Vivienne Franzmann. Bodies will play from 5 July – 12 August 2017 at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court. This new play explores the human cost of surrogacy and what we overlook to get what we want. The cast of Bodies includes Lorna Brown (Torn and Clybourne Park – Royal Court, Oresteia – Almeida/West End), Brian Ferguson (Adler & Gibb – Royal Exchange, Oil – Almeida, The Broken Heart – The Globe), Philip Goldacre (Broken Glass – National Theatre, West – Donmar), Salma Hoque (East Is East – West End & UK Tour, Drawing The Line – Hampstead), Justine Mitchell (Gastronauts – Royal Court, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and King Lear – Donmar) and Hannah Rae (Great Expectations – Rose Kingston, TV – Broadchurch). Bodies will be directed by Jude Christian, designed by … Read more
This is Oresteia, not The Oresteia, the trilogy of plays (Agamennon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides) which won Aeschylus a prize in 458BC and which is considered the “original family drama” and the launching pad for all modern drama, but the free-wheeling, self-indulgent, filmic, and loose “adaptation” by Robert Icke which is now playing at the Almeida, kicking off Rupert Goold’s Greeks season. There are some wonderful images, some potent exchanges, some brilliant flashes of inspiration – but, overall, it does not hold together dramatically. For a production which lasts three hours and forty minutes, many many minutes are spent biding time.