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Thyestes – Adelaide Festival 2018


Sun 4 Mar 2018, 1:00pm
Sun 4 Mar 2018, 6:00pm
Tue 6 Mar 2018, 11:00am
Tue 6 Mar 2018, 8:30pm
Wed 7 Mar 2018, 6:00pm

Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

When this young Australian was awarded his Olivier Award in 2017, Simon Stone was already among the handful of most in-demand theatre directors in the world. This extraordinary 2010 production will show you just why.

Thyestes is the most infamous of all the ancients and one that has held a dark fascination for artists from Seneca to Shakespeare to Peter Greenaway: the story of the deposed king whose sons were slaughtered and served to him by his brother in a feast. Simon Stone’s landmark production brilliantly reimagines this spine-tingling Greek tragedy, but there’s no swords or togas here. You won’t even hear the characters’ ancient names, and their banal banter is as hilarious as a Tarantino movie. But the violence is anything but choreographic: the psychology behind it and its human consequences are shatteringly real.

Featuring three extraordinary performances, it is perhaps the most disturbing, funny, beautiful, chilling and utterly memorable 90 minutes of Australian theatre you will ever experience.