Locked into a bloody cycle of murder and reprisal, Electra, haunted by her father’s assassination, is consumed by grief and a thirst for vengeance. When her brother Orestes at last returns, she urges him to a savage and terrifying conclusion.

Frank McGuinness’s charged adaptation of Sophocles’ powerful tragedy was first performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1997 and was revived at the Old Vic, London, in 2014, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Jack Lowden and Diana Quick, and directed by Ian Rickson.

Play script published by Faber & Faber 2 October 2014


ISBN 978 057132 31 11

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It is hard to watch Electra without thinking of Hamlet. She is the prince without vacillation. The avenger who acts. She is also the proof that we don’t need to cross-dress Shakespeare to give a woman a mighty role.

– Susannah Clapp, The Guardian