The Old Vic announces further casting for Electra

The Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo, South London, has announced further casting for its upcoming production - an adaptation of Sophocles' Electra by Frank McGuinness, which will be directed by Ian Rickson. It will begin previews on 22 Sep 2014, before officially opening on 01 Oct and continuing its limited engagement through to 20 Dec 2014.

Joining previously announced Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra) will be fellow cast members Amanda Drew (Chrysothemis), Jack Lowden (Orestes), Diana Quick (Clytemnestra), Golda Rosheuvel, Thalissa Teixeira and Peter Wight.

Electra features scenic design by Mark Thompson, lighting ny Neil Austin, music by PJ Harvey, sound design by Simon Baker and movement by Maxine Doyle.

Synopsis: 'Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it is based around the character of Electra, and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon.'


Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra) is widely known for her film roles, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for 'The English Patient', a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Gosford Park', 'Mission: Impossible', 'The Horse Whisperer', 'Bitter Moon', 'Nowhere Boy', 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' and 'Bel Ami'. Thomas is also bilingual and has appeared in French films such as 'Ne le dis à personne' (Tell No One), and received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominaations for 'Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I've Loved You So Long). Her most recent theatre credits include a 2007 Olivier Award-winning performance in Chekov's 'The Seagull' (Royal Court/Broadway), and 'Betrayal' (Harold Pinter Theatre).

Amanda Drew (Chrysothemis) is perhaps best known for her television roles as Dr. May Wright in 'EastEnders', Cate in 'Broadchurch', and Jacqui Whitehead in 'Southcliffe'. Her most notable theatre credits include 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', 'Twelfth Night' and 'John Gabriel Borkman' (National Theatre), 'Eastwood Ho!', 'The Malcontent', 'The Roman Actor', 'Jubilee' and 'Love in a Wood' (RSC) and 'Love and Information', 'Enron', 'The Stone', 'Faces in the Crowd' and 'The Ugly One' (Royal Court).

Jack Lowden (Orestes) recently won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for his latest role as Oswald in Ibsen's 'Ghosts' (Almeida/Trafalgar Studios). Other notable theatre credits include 'Chariots of Fire' (Hampstead/Gielgud) and 'Blackwatch' (Barbican).

Diana Quick (Clytemnestra) is perhaps best known for her TV role as Lady Julia Flyte in 'Brideshead Revisited'. Amongst her many theatre credits, she has performed at the Royal Court in 'Mother Teresa Is Dead', 'The Old Neighbourhood', 'The Sea' and 'King Lear', for the RSC in 'Hamlet', 'The Changeling' and 'The Women Pirates' and at the National Theatre in 'A Map of the World', 'Troilus and Cressida', 'Tamburlaine', 'Plunder' and 'Phaedra Brittanica'. She also appeared on the West End stage in 'You Never Can Tell' (Garrick).

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