The Old Vic and Sonia Friedman Productions present

Kristin Scott Thomas


Sophocles • In a version by Frank McGuinness

The Daily Telegraph, The Independent

Kristin Scott Thomas and director Ian Rickson reunite to bring Sophocles’ tragedy to The Old Vic in the round. Frank McGuinness delivers a charged adaptation of this classic tale of power and revenge.

Electra is bound by grief following the murder of her father Agamemnon, unwilling to forgive and consumed by a desire for revenge, her anger builds. On the return of her brother Orestes, Electra’s fury explodes without mercy, leading to a bloody and terrifying conclusion.

Kristin Scott Thomas’ television and film credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient, Gosford Park and most recently Only God Forgives. Theatre includes The Seagull (Royal Court and Broadway), Betrayal and Old Times all directed by Ian Rickson.

Ian Rickson’s directing credits include Mojo, Old Times, Betrayal and The Children’s Hour (West End), Hamlet (Young Vic), The Seagull (Royal Court and Broadway), and Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End and Broadway). Frank McGuinness’ plays include The Hanging Gardens, The Match Box, Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Speaking Like Magpies.


Best availability Monday to Thursday and Wednesday matinees.

Mon 22 Sept – Sat 20 Dec 2014

Previews: Mon 22 – Tue 30 Sept; Press Performance: Wed 1 Oct at 7pm
Mon–Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 3pm

[Please note there is no matinee performance on Wed 1 Oct. There is an additional matinee on Tue 30 Sept at 3pm].

Captioned Performances: Thu 30 Oct at 7.30pm & Sat 29 Nov at 3pm
Audio Described Performance: Thu 13 Nov at 7.30pm

Day Seats will be available in person at the box office from 10am on the day of the performance priced from £21.

More information about concessions

Due to the intimacy of our auditorium in its current in-the-round configuration, and the nature of this production, it may not be possible to admit latecomers to the auditorium as it can be distracting for the audience and actors.

Please also note that the play will run without an interval. The running time is approximately 1hr 40mins.

TICKETS: £10, £16, £21, £30, £45, £55
All bookings include a one off transaction fee: Book online – £1.50 (applied at checkout) / Book by phone – £2.50 / Book in person – no transaction fee
All ticket prices (apart from the PwC tickets for under 25s, local residents & schools tickets) include a £1 restoration levy.

Part of a season of work performed in-the-round.
Find out more about the transformation

A co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions


Image by Katerina Jebb

Thrillingly unnerving

Devastatingly brilliant

A kill-for-a-ticket triumph

The Daily Telegraph

Kristin Scott Thomas is excruciatingly good

The Independent

Scott Thomas is exceptional in a sizzling show of sorrow and rage

The Times

Tremendously visceral and wholly uncompromising

Time Out