Lesley Manville and Mark Strong star in director Robert Icke’s radical version of the Greek tragedy, now a modern-day political thriller.
Oedipus Tickets: A Breathtaking Classic ReimaginedGreek tragedy becomes a gripping modern-day political thriller as Lesley Manville and Mark Strong star in a tense and explosive new version of Oedipus from visionary director Robert Icke. Icke’s acclaimed version of this brutal classic premiered to huge acclaim in the Netherlands, and now it is West End audiences’ chance to see it at Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. Tickets are set to sell fast for this star-studded event, so book early when they go on sale!
What is Robert Icke’s Oedipus about?It is election night, and the polls have predicted a landslide victory. But everything is about to change…
Acclaimed director Robert Icke has transformed the doomed ancient Greek hero into a contemporary political giant as he awaits the result of a tough election campaign. When a prediction is made that he will commit the most heinous of crimes, truths unravel and Oedipus must face the tragic consequences.
Icke’s Sophocles adaptation originated in the Netherlands, performed in Dutch by the International Theater Amsterdam company, and was noted for its exciting format: the story was told in real-time as a clock counted down over two hours, making every second of this taught thriller an edge-of-your-seat experience.
Writer-director Icke is known for breathing new life into classic plays. His brilliantly modern productions of Oresteia, Hamlet, Mary Stuart, and The Doctor have all garnered critical acclaim, and with his revelatory updating, Oedipus looks set to follow suit.
Lesley Manville and Mark Strong in OedipusThe cast of this towering production is as astounding as you’d expect, with Mark Strong playing Oedipus, opposite Lesley Manville as his mother, Jocasta.
BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated actress Manville was last seen on stage in 2020’s The Visit at the National Theatre, and previously won an Olivier Award for Ghosts in 2014. She is also known for The Crown and Phantom Thread.
Strong previously collaborated with Icke on the 2016 production of The Red Barn at the National Theatre. On-screen he is best known for his roles in blockbusters including Kingsman, The Imitation Game, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He won an Olivier Award for his leading performance in the 2014 revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.
Tickets For Oedipus at Wyndham’s Theatre On Sale SoonThere are few other new shows in the West End this year that will send a chill up your spine and make you feel breathless as the tragedy unfolds. Don’t miss out on tickets for this incredible production when they go on sale!
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