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Oresteia: This Restless House

Citizens Theatre

A compelling, brutal and blistering drama exposing the fragility of a family’s bonds, Oresteia: This Restless House returns in 2017 to the Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival.

A father’s horrifying sacrifice of his daughter sets in motion a cycle of bloody revenge. Murder and madness ensue, testing the loyalties of his remaining children and propelling them to the edge of reason. The curse that has gripped the family for generations looks as if it will never end as the ghosts of the past continue to haunt and torment the survivors.

The Oresteia: This Restless House is a fearless reimagining of Aeschylus’ epic Greek saga and an exhilarating and contemporary take on an ancient drama that has survived two and a half thousand years.

Premiered at the Citizens Theatre in 2016 as a trilogy of plays, and now presented as one epic theatrical event, Zinnie Harris’ trailblazing new work was nominated for ‘Best New Play’ at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016, and was awarded Best New Play and Best Director at the 2016 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Pauline Knowles was awarded Best Actress for her role as the vengeful Clytemnestra and leads a powerful cast.

This Restless House was originally commissioned and supported by National Theatre of Scotland.

Edinburgh International Festival

The Oresteia: This Restless House will run at Edinburgh International Festival from 22 Aug - 27 Aug for a limited run of six performances. Find out more at

Citizens Theatre in association with National Theatre of Scotland


  • 15 Aug 2017 to 9 Sep 2017
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    • 15 Aug 2017 @ 6pm
    • 16 Aug 2017 @ 6pm
    • 17 Aug 2017 @ 6pm
    • 31 Aug 2017 @ 6pm
    • 1 Sep 2017 @ 6pm
    • 2 Sep 2017 @ 2pm

    • 5 Sep 2017 @ 6pm
    • 6 Sep 2017 @ 6pm
    • 7 Sep 2017 @ 6pm
    • 8 Sep 2017 @ 6pm
    • 9 Sep 2017 @ 2pm

Main Theatre

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Running Time

4hr 25min approx inc 2 intervals


£20 - £30
Preview £10
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Recommended for 16+
Scenes of violence, nudity and strong language

Previews 15 - 17 Aug
Audio Described 2 Sep, 2pm
Signed 1 Sep, 6pm
Captioned 2 Sep, 2pm

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Cast & Creative Team >

Creative Team

Writer - Zinnie Harris
Director - Dominic Hill
Designer - Colin Richmond
Lighting Designer - Ben Ormerod
Composer - Nikola Kodjabashia
Movement Director - EJ Boyle
Assistant Director - Jack Nurse


George Anton
George Costigan
Keith Fleming
Ryan Fletcher
Pauline Knowles
Lorn Macdonald
Olivia Morgan
John O’Mahony
Itxaso Moreno
Anita Vettesse


“Breathtaking…powerful…trailblazing” Scotsman 

“A production of depth, ambition and creepy power” The Guardian  ★★★★★

“most fearless of reinventions” The Herald 

“It would be a tragedy to miss it” Daily Record  ★★★★

“Hill directs with his typical intelligent inventiveness” Daily Telegraph  ★★★★

“Hugely powerful” Reviews Hub

“This cocktail of sex and politics is heady and intoxicating” The List 

“The play’s brilliant cast successfully brings the myth and its lead figures back from the dead in all their brutality, with monumental, thrilling results.” Plays To See

“a triumph” Glasgow Live

“a towering achievement of emotional intensity and theatrical ambition. The best new production this year.”


“It tells stories that have significance and resonance for the largest part of the human race” Director Dominic Hill describes This Restless House to Sunday Herald.

“you have to feel that you’ve got something to bring to it, and if you don’t feel that then you’re best leaving it to the original” Writer Zinnie Harris talks about adapting a 2,500 year old story in
The Herald.

“Agamemnon is a complicated man, a state-sanctioned killer confounded by his own hubris”Actor George Anton discusses playing Agamemnon in the
Evening Times.

2016 reviews for This Restless House
Audience Feedback 2016
Watch the trailer for This Restless House
What’s This Restless House About?
Why a trilogy of plays?