Thyestes - website 1
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The Hayloft Project and Belvoir

Directed by Simon Stone

Written by Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan, Simon Stone, Mark Winter after Seneca


When this young Australian was awarded his Olivier Award in 2017, Simon Stone was already among the handful of most sought after theatre directors in the world. This extraordinary 2010 production will show you why. 

Thyestes is the most infamous of all the ancients and one that has held a dark fascination for artists from Seneca to Shakespeare to Peter Greenaway: the story of the deposed king whose sons were slaughtered and served to him by his brother in a feast. Simon Stone’s landmark production brilliantly reimagines this chilling Greek tragedy, but there’s no swords or togas here. You won’t even hear the characters’ ancient names, and their banal banter is as hilarious as a Tarantino movie. But the violence is anything but choreographic: the psychology behind it and its human consequences are shatteringly real.

Featuring three extraordinary performances, it is perhaps the most disturbing, funny, beautiful, chilling and utterly memorable 90 minutes of Australian theatre you will ever experience.

A Belvoir production, originally created by The Hayloft Project.

Written by Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan, Simon Stone,  Mark Winter after Seneca

Directed by Simon Stone

Performed by Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan and Toby Schmitz

Set and Costume Designer Claude Marcos

Composer and Sound Designer Stefan Gregory

Lighting Designer Govin Ruben

Dramaturg Anne-Louise Sarks