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8 August– 18 August

Arcola Theatre


Directed by Jonathan Moore

Music by Mark-Anthony Turnage  |  Libretto by Steven Berkoff from his stage play of the same title, adapted by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Moore

Greek is a riotous, contemporary retelling of the Oedipus myth, based on the verse play by Steven Berkoff (East, Decadence).

Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Moore’s groundbreaking and radical work sent shockwaves through the opera world when it premiered in 1988. The Sunday Times called it “riveting total theatre … a resounding, unanimous triumph”.

Now, on the thirtieth anniversary of his original staging, director Jonathan Moore brings this East End masterpiece home, in a brand new production for the Grimeborn Opera Festival.

“The most exciting new opera London has seen for years… Moore’s production is direct, spectacular, inescapable.” – Evening Standard on Jonathan Moore’s original production

Live music performed by a full band, sung in English

This production is made possible by the generous support of the Grimeborn Funders’ Circle.

★★★★★ A terrifically watchable, first-rate and enthralling production, wonderfully sung and acted ... Jonathan Moore's compelling, meticulous and stylish direction
—Act Drop
★★★★★ One of the hottest opera tickets in London this summer ... as raw, angry and daring as ever
★★★★ Full of anger and spiky tenderness ... the four singers perform as if possessed.
—Evening Standard
★★★★ "A masterly Jonathan Moore... of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Steven Berkoff opera"
★★★★ Director Jonathan Moore, who adapted Greek with Turnage from Steven Berkoff’s effing and blinding stage play, instils the same potency and urgency as if it were being staged for the first time, again.
—The Stage
★★★★ Expect to be deafened, disturbed and at times aghast at the sheer outrageousness of it both musically and verbally. Staged in all sorts of ways over the years, this is possibly as good as it gets.
—Reviews Gate
★★★★ By turns dark, tender, disturbing and viscerally compelling, it's an assault on the senses. A must-see
★★★★ An enthralling, challenging production, powerfully compelling
—Spy in the Stalls
A brilliant production by Jonathan Moore, a great collaborator
—Mark-Anthony Turnage, Sunday Live on BBC Radio 4


Philippa Boyle


Edmund Danon


Richard Morrison


Laura Woods



Jonathan Moore

Music Director

Tim Anderson

Viola (leader)

Anna Growns

Cello 1

Deni Teo

Cello 2

Carola Krebs

Cello 3

James Douglas

Double Bass

Clare Larkman


Tom Daley


Aileen Henry


David Todd

Flute, Alto Flute & Piccolo

Alyson Frazier

Clarinet & Bass Clarinet 1

Chris Goodman

Clarinet & Bass Clarinet 2

Nadia Wilson

Oboe & Cor Anglais 1

Emma Gibbons

Oboe & Cor Anglais 2

Lavinia Redman

Soprano & Baritone Saxophone

David Zucchi

Horn 1

Tom Pollock

Horn 2

Adam Howcroft


Elliot Phelps


Dom Hales


The Kantanti Ensemble


Baśka Wesolowska

Lighting Designer

Matt Leventhall

Assistant Conductor

Christian Blex


David Todd

Stage Manager

Amy Clement

Production Manager

Geoff Hense

Assistant Director

Ellie Coote

Director of Kantanti Ensemble

Lee Reynolds

Orchestra Manager

Jess Tickle

Production LX

Michael Paget


Lidia Crisafulli
Best £26
Standard £22
Value £15
Restricted £12

Sorry, Arcola Passport tickets are not available for this production.

Concessions (apply to Standard and Value seats):
26 and under / Student - 20% off
Over 65s - 20% off
Unemployment Benefits - 20% off
Disabled - 20% off, or free companion ticket (call 020 7503 1646)
Theatre Union Members - 10% off
School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12, one free teacher per 10 students
Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

Running time: 75 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Scenes of a sexual nature
Loud noises

Suitable for 16+

Press enquiries: Kevin Wilson —

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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