Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Rory Mullarkey’s new adaptation of The Oresteia Thursday 16 July 2015 Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Rory Mullarkey’s new adaptation of The Oresteia, directed by Adele Thomas. First performed at the Dionysia festival in Athens in 458 BC, Aeschylus’s trilogy dramatizes the shift away from the private blood vendetta and towards a public polis founded on principles of open trial and punishment. The plays will find a fitting home at the Globe, where audiences gather under open skies and in a shared light with actors – as they would have done centuries ago in the vast stone amphitheatres of Ancient Greece. Rory said: “The Oresteia is a huge, epic trilogy about how we live together, so it's brilliant to be doing it in a huge, epic theatre right in the heart of a European capital city. Its stunning words present human beings in all their grim and beautiful and messy contradictions, so it's hugely exciting to be staging it somewhere so public, where language feels so alive, and where the audience's relationship with the performers feels so immediate and intimate.” Katy Stephens will take the role of Clytemnestra. Katy has most recently performed in the UK tour of The King’s Speech and appeared at the Globe last year in Julius Caesar and Howard Brenton’s Doctor Scroggy’s War. As an Associate Artist with the RSC, she has appeared in several productions in Stratford, including As You Like It, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra and The Histories, for which she won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress. George Irving will play Agamemnon and Apollo. George returns to the Globe, having taken the title role in Dominic Dromgoole’s critically acclaimed Julius Caesar last year. His other stage credits include Across Oka (Royal Court, West End) and Howard Barker’s The Dying of Today (Arcola) and his screen credits include the BAFTA-winning short filmAntonio’s Breakfast and The Tudors (BBC). Serbian actress Branka Katić plays Athena. Branka is known for her roles in the films Breaking and Entering and Public Enemies, and in the HBO television series Big Love and Entourage. She has also worked extensively in theatre in Serbia, including in Closer, Radovan III and My Darling. Joel MacCormack plays Orestes. Joel’s recent stage credits include Measure for Measureat the Globe, Each Their Own Wilderness at the Orange Tree, and Oppenheimer and The Shoemaker’s Holiday at the RSC. His screen credits include the recent BBC adaptation ofWolf Hall. Rosie Hilal plays his sister Electra – her most recent credits include Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem (National Theatre) and her screen debut in the film adaptation of London Road. Naana Agyei-Ampadu plays Cassandra. Naana’s recent stage credits include Made in Dagenham with Gemma Arterton (West End), The Amen Corner (National Theatre) and Feast (Young Vic). ENDS EDITORS’ NOTES Shakespeare’s Globe Booking: Phone +44 (0) 20 7401 9919 In person Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (8pm on performance days) Sundays 10am-5pm (7pm on performance days) Online www.shakespearesglobe.com Tickets £5 - £43 (Globe Theatre) £10 - £60 (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) For more information please contact Emma Draper or Claudia Conway on +44 (0) 207 902 1491 / 1492 or email [email protected] / [email protected] Patrons who are members of the free access scheme are eligible for adjusted ticket prices. The Oresteia Adapted by Rory Mullarkey From the original by Aeschylus Directed by Adele Thomas Designed by Hannah Clark Saturday 29 August – Friday 16 October Press night: Thursday 3 September Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: The candlelit Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare's Globe opened in January 2014. 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