by Goethe, in a new translation by Meredith Oakes
21 September - 20 December 2011
In repertory with The Phoenix of Madrid and The Surprise of Love
The Greek fleet bound for Troy is becalmed. For the sake of a wind, Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces, is persuaded that he must sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia. But as the priest raises his knife to slit the child's throat, the goddess Diana spirits her away.
Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife, believing her beloved daughter to be dead, slays her husband in revenge on is return from the Trojan wars. Their son, Orestes, avenges his father's death by killing his mother.
Now, years later, as Iphigenia, a prisoner of the temple of Diana, looks across the sea to Athens, longing to return home, her brother Orestes arrives to rescue her...
Goethe is the supreme genius of modern German literature. The Iphigenia story has occupied great creative minds through the ages from Euripides to Racine. This is the first time Goethe's Iphigenia will have been seen by a British audience.
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