Girl On An Altar Tickets London Theatre

Girl On An Altar Tickets

4.3 (3) · Contemporary Drama

Kiln Theatre in partnership with the Abbey Theatre presents

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“The Greeks have been very present in theatre over the current month with Ivo van Hove’s The Age of Rage at the Barbican and Beth Steele’s Greek inspired family drama, The House of Shades at the Almeida. Another retelling of familiar stories arrives this week at the Kiln with Irish writer Marina Carr’s adaptation of the legend of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. Agamemnon, you may recall, sacrificed his daughter in order to get the fair wind he needed to set sail for war. His wife, Clytemnestra lived for 10 long years while her husband was away fighting the Trojans, and on his return she slaughtered him. That’s often seen as an act of revenge with Clytemnestra cast as the villain, but Carr interrogates that notion and asks what actions do we consider forgivable and what can never be forgiven?”
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Clytemnestra’s world is torn apart when her husband, Agamemnon, sacrifices their daughter for the sake of war. Ten years on from this unthinkable tragedy, the couple are reunited. What follows is a dangerous battle of love, grief and power.

Marina Carr’s (Blood Wedding, By the Bog of Cats) new adaptation of the infamous Greek myth brings Clytemnestra’s story to the forefront and asks is it possible to forgive the unforgiveable?

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

Packs a powerful punch

Theatre Weekly

Eileen Walsh burns bright as Clytemnestra

· The Observer

Marina Carr's angry, poetic take on Clytemnestra's story is delivered in all its gory glory

· The Arts Desk

Cool and deadly vision of the impact of male power

· The Guardian

Bracingly good reworking of Greek myth is mesmerising

· Evening Standard

Carr's narrative skills are enthralling

· Broadway World


· The Stage

Superbly acted and pungently topical

· The Telegraph

Walsh is utterly commanding

· WhatsOnStage

Tectonic performers with arresting chemistry

· Time Out
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Date & time

Show ended
Thu 19 May - Sat 25 Jun 2022
2.30pm & 7.30pm

9 Jun, 7.30pm

Audio Described:
16 Jun, 7.30pm


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