The Burgtheater surtitles Aeschylus’ trilogy in English.
With matricide, murder, revenge, adultery and deceit, Aeschylus’ trilogy the Oresteia covers the final chapter of mythology’s most accursed family, the house of Atreus. One of the most recognizable Greek tragedies (and the only surviving trilogy), this surreal and vivid version is brought to the stage by director Antú Romero Nunes, winner of the Kurt Hübner prize. Nunes tells the Oresteia from the perspective of the furies, ancient goddesses who mercilessly hound the guilty. The object of their torment is Orestes, who murdered his mother Clytemnestra to avenge his father Agamemnon, ruler of Argos – killed after returning home after ten years in the Trojan War by his vengeful wife Clytemnestra and her lover. It takes an intervention by the goddess Athena to end the cycle of guilt and murder that has befouled the house of Atreus: Orestes is tried by the goddess in Athens, thereby giving birth to a new democratic, legal order watched over by the transformed furies – now known as the “kindly ones.”
In German with English surtitles. Feb 8 & 11, Burgtheater. 1., Universitätsring 2. burgtheater.at