Oresteia: This Restless House

Citizens Theatre in association with the National Theatre of Scotland


Situated in one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow, the Citizens Theatre is one of the UK’s most established producing theatres. Led by Artistic Director Dominic Hill, the Citizens’ - or ‘Citz’ as it’s affectionately known - vision is to enhance and transform lives through performance and participation that everyone can access. Specialising in bold and accessible interpretations of classic texts, the company believes that stories originally created in the past have the power to enlighten our lives and behaviour today; and that great literature speaks relevantly and powerfully over centuries.

Based on the epic Greek tragedy, Zinnie Harris’ Oresteia: This Restless House is very much a contemporary play with language and settings familiar to a modern audience. Given a domestic setting, it examines how a family might react in the face of extreme rage and how a person lives with the emotional consequences of great trauma. With the bulk of the action seen through the eyes of Clytemnestra and her daughter Electra, women are central to Dominic Hill’s emotionally intense and visceral production.

An Edinburgh International Festival revival.

In the press

 “Breathtaking…powerful…trailblazing” The Scotsman

“a sinewy reworking of Aeschylus that explodes into a cacophonous climax… a production of depth, ambition and creepy power” The Guardian

Production details

  • Writer

    Zinnie Harris
  • Director

    Dominic Hill
  • Designer

    Colin Richmond
  • Number of people on stage

    14 (11 adults and 3 children)
  • Freight


    UK - 2 x 45 foot trailers, International - Information available on request

  • Scale of venue

    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850)
  • Minimum performance space

    Playing Area - 12m x 11.5m plus 2.5m wing space each side
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Live Music, Nudity, Strong Language, Violence

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    The Lyceum
  • Production dates

    22-27 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    265 MINS (two intervals)
  • Audience capacity