ON SALE AT 10AM TODAY (WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL) We are pleased to announce that following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Robert Icke’s new production Of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet starring Andrew Scott will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre this Summer. Hamlet will be presented from 9 June – 2 September 2017. The production stars Olivier Award and BAFTA winner Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Birdland, … 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.
It was announced this week that, due to unprecedented demand, Headlong’s 1984 is extending its run at the Playhouse Theatre until August 23rd, prior to its second UK tour. The play itself reminds us of the dangers of following suit. The popularity of this anti-populist play therefore is a particularly pertinent indicator of some significant shifts in theatre. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillian’s 1984 is … Read more