Hailed as “one of the most important forces in today’s theatre” (The Observer, UK), Robert Icke has drawn acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his intelligent and accessible productions that bring fresh, new perspectives to classical texts. The Olivier Award–winning director unleashes his visionary creativity at the Armory with the North American premiere of a radical new staging of Shakespeare’s classic.
This highly charged staging transforms the traditional family drama into a psychological thriller, transporting the action to our current surveillance society in which rolling media news feeds provide juicy updates of a life lived on screen while blurring the lines between public and private life. Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game, The Last Duel, The French Dispatch, Black Mirror) portrays the obsessive prince consumed by grief, brilliantly embodying his mental decay to boldly examine the devastating effects his anguish has not only on his own psyche, but on his family and country.
This production will play in repertory with ORESTEIA for the first time, allowing audiences to experience the throughlines and connections in these classic dramas—depicting two epic family sagas written over 2,000 years apart—performed by the same cast.
North American Premiere
A Park Avenue Armory and Almeida Theatre Production
This Production had its World Premiere at The Almeida Theatre in London
Produced by The Ameida Theatre and Produced in the West End by Ambassador Theatre Group and Sonia Friedman Productions.