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Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / Robert Icke

A revelatory updating of Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus is a chilling thriller, told in real time.

The modern age. A plague has ravaged Thebes. The oracle believes the city is doomed because the murder of King Laius remains unpunished. The King’s successor, Oedipus, wants to investigate the horrific crime himself. But the outcome he discovers is devastating — as much for himself as for his people.

Robert Icke’s Oedipus is a chilling thriller. Told in real time as the clock counts down over two hours, Sophocles’ ancient Greek hero is transformed into a political giant of today, awaiting the results of a hard-fought election that will bring him to power yet discovering that, in his own eagerness to spurn convention, he has committed the most repugnant of transgressions. Oedipus becomes a deeply human figure, destined to face the tragic repercussions of his unwitting mistakes.

British director Robert Icke joins one of Europe’s most lauded theatre companies for a revelatory updating of Sophocles’ tragedy. Currently Associate Director at London’s Almeida Theatre, Icke is one of the most visionary figures in theatre today, celebrated for his contemporary re-imaginings of classic texts by Schiller, Chekhov, Aeschylus and Ibsen.

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (formerly Toneelgroep Amsterdam) is one of Europe’s most consistently exciting ensembles, led by director Ivo van Hove.

Contains scenes of nudity and violence
Performed in Dutch with English supertitles

After Sophocles
A new adaptation by Robert Icke
Translated into Dutch by Rob Klinkenberg

Robert Icke Director
Hildegard Bechtler Set Designer
Natasha Chivers Lighting Designer
Tom Gibbons Sound Designer
Tal Yarden Video Design
Wojciech Dziedzic Costume Designer

Cast includes

Hans Kesting, Marieke Heebink, Hugo Koolschijn, Aus Greidanus Jr., Fred Goessens, Bart Slegers, Frieda Pittoors, Gaite Jansen, Harm Duco Achut, Bart Bijnens, Eva Heijnen

14-17 August 2019

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

★★★★★ Robert Icke's take exerts thriller-like grip

The Guardian

★★★★ devastatingly tense and captivatingly performed

The Stage

★★★★ a superb interpretation of Sophocles’s story that feels modern and timeless

The Times

★★★★ a slick production with a well thought out modern-day setting


★★★★ an Oedipus very much for today

The Herald

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