Euripides’ ‘Electra’ at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

1st and 2nd December

Revenge – is it a religious duty? a family obligation? Or just a crime? Euripides’ Electra explores our ancient yet essentially human desire for revenge. Orestes and Electra have lost their father, king Agamemnon – hero of the Greek war against Troy. He survived the war, and the dangerous voyage home, only to be brutally murdered by his wife and her lover, who is now the king. Electra has been banished from the palace and humiliated, and the whereabouts of Orestes – who was smuggled away as a baby to save his life – is unknown. Will he return home – and will the young people have the nerve to go through with their planned revenge – even if it means killing their mother?

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