The Citizens Theatre returns to the Edinburgh International Festival with Oresteia: This Restless House, a powerful reimagining of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia by Zinnie Harris, directed by Dominic Hill.

Announced today as part of the Edinburgh International Festival programme, Oresteia: This Restless House in association with the National Theatre of Scotland will play at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh from 22 – 27 August 2017. The production will preview at the Citizens Theatre on 15, 16 and 17 August and return to Glasgow from 31 August – 9 September.

Oresteia: This Restless House epitomises the bold and ambitious vision that Hill has brought to the Citizens Theatre. When first performed in 2016, the production won critical acclaim, lauded as ‘a production of depth, ambition and creepy power’ (★★★★★ The Guardian) and ‘trail-blazing’ (★★★★★ The Scotsman).

Zinnie Harris’ landmark adaptation of The Oresteia tells the bloody saga of a family torn apart by a succession of murders and betrayals. First performed in 485 BC, today’s audience will find that Dominic Hill’s production brings the universal themes of justice, revenge, loyalty, and the evolving relationships between teenagers and their parents bang up to date in this blistering drama exposing the fragility of a family’s bonds.

Originally presented as a trilogy of plays and now presented as one epic theatrical event, Zinnie Harris’s 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 ensemble cast.

Following today’s programme announcement, Artistic Director Dominic Hill said: “I am delighted to be bringing Oresteia: This Restless House to The Edinburgh International Festival. At the Citizens we strive to make work that is epic in nature, with an international reach, but which equally feels relevant to our audiences at home in the Gorbals. The Festival is a great fit for this production and allows us to re-mount it in Glasgow too. Zinnie Harris’ reworking of the original retains the enormity of the Oresteia while at the same time rooting the story in a modern family context that feels instantly recognisable and accessible. Revenge, desire and the love between parents and their children are at the core of the play that aims to captivate, entertain and disturb audiences.”

Returning to the Edinburgh International Festival is another milestone in Hill’s five year tenure as Artistic Director of the Gorbals theatre having presented his first season in 2012. Known for his contemporary re-imaginings of classic texts, Hill is the most nominated director in the 14 year history of the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, winning five awards for Best Director including Betrayal in 2012, Crime and Punishment in 2014 and This Restless House in 2016.

Many of the original 2016 cast have been reassembled and include familiar faces from some of the most acclaimed Scottish theatre productions of recent years including George Anton, George Costigan, Keith Fleming, Pauline Knowles, Lorn MacDonald, Itxaso Moreno, Olivia Morgan and Anita Vettesse. Nikola Kodjabashia (music), Colin Richmond (design), Ben Ormerod (lighting design) and EJ Boyle (movement) return as the creative team to remount this play.

The Citizens last appeared at Edinburgh International Festival in 2015 with an adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s Lanark, written by David Greig and directed by Graham Eatough, the first time the Gorbals playhouse had been included in the festival since 1998.

Tickets for This Restless House at the Citizens Theatre and at Edinburgh International Festival go on sale on Saturday 25 March at 10am.

This production of This Restless House is supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.


An Edinburgh International Festival revival of the Citizens Theatre production in association with the National Theatre of Scotland


By Zinnie Harris

Adapted from Aeschylus’ The Oresteia

Directed by Dominic Hill

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Tue 22 – Sun 27 Aug 2017

All performances at 6pm

Captioned:Sat 26 August, 6pm

Audio Described & BSL Signed:Sun 27 August, 6pm

Tickets: £10 - £32 (booking fees apply)

Concessions available

Box Office: 0131 473 2000 /

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 15 – Thu 17 Aug and Thu 31 Aug – Sat 9 Sep

Tue – Fri performances at 6pm

Sat performances at 2pm

Previews: Tue 15, Wed 16 & Thu 17 August, 6pm

BSL signed: Fri 1 Sep, 6pm

Audio Described & Captioned: Sat 2 Sep, 2pm


Previews £10

£20 - £30 (booking fees apply)

Concessions available

Box Office: 0141 429 0022 /


Writer, Zinnie Harris, is celebrated internationally and has won many accolades for her work including Best New Play for This Restless House at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre (CATS) in Scotland 2016; How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre, 2015), winner of the Berwin Lee Award 2015; The Wheel (National Theatre of Scotland, 2011) joint winner of the 2011 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and a Fringe First, short-listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; and Further then the Furthest Thing (Royal National Theatre/Tron Theatre, 2000/1), which was winner of the Peggy Ramsay Playwriting Award, the John Whiting Award and a Fringe First award as well as being specially commended by the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and short-listed for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright.


WriterZinnie Harris

DirectorDominic Hill

DesignerColin Richmond

LightingBen Ormerod

MusicNikola Kodjabashia

MovementEJ Boyle

Asst. DirectorJack Nurse

Cast: George Anton, George Costigan, Keith Fleming, Pauline Knowles, Lorn MacDonald, Itxaso Moreno, Olivia Morgan and Anita Vettesse.

For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact

Louise Dingwall, Citizens Theatre Press and Marketing Officer │0141 418 6232




***** The 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”

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

***** Exeunt Magazine

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