Mark-Anthony Turnage


A new Scottish Opera and Opera Ventures co-production

Theatre Royal


Fri 2 Feb to Sat 3 Feb

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Based on the play by Steven Berkoff

This new co-production with Opera Ventures is directed by brilliantly inventive Young Vic Artistic Associate Joe Hill-Gibbins, working with acclaimed designer Johannes Schütz.

A modern re-telling of the Oedipus myth, Turnage’s anarchic, provocative opera exposes the seedy world of Eddy and his family. Stuck in a rut, Eddy longs for more. When he is told of a prophecy that he will kill his father and bed his mother he is appalled, leaving home to seek a different life. But can he escape the plague that is coming, or is he, in fact, the source?

‘I love Greek. It’s punky and irreverent, but beautiful and lyrical too. And it has an amazing contemporary resonance. Its air of discontent – of a black cloud hanging over society – really chimes with us today.’ Joe Hill-Gibbins

Swinging between urban angst and lyrical tenderness, Turnage’s score is an audacious blend of influences – from the jazz of Miles Davis to the football chants of the terraces – held together with his signature rhythmic energy. The world-class cast includes a wealth of British talent; Susan Bullock, Allison Cook and Henry Waddington perform alongside name-to-watch Alex Otterburn, winner of an International Opera Award bursary and one of Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists for 2017/18. Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Running time approx. 80 mins (no interval)

This production has been made possible with generous support from Sarah Billinghurst and Howard Solomon, Alistair and Elizabeth Storey, and Denise Coates Foundation. With additional support from the KT Wong Foundation and the Boltini Trust.

Listen to Greek now

This production contains strong language

Cast & Creative Team

Alex Otterburn*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Eddy's Mum/Waitress/Sphinx
Susan Bullock

Eddy's Sister/Waitress, later Eddy's Wife/Sphinx
Allison Cook

Eddy's Dad/Cafe Manager/Chief of Police
Andrew Shore & Henry Waddington*
*2 & 3 Feb

Stuart Stratford & Finnegan Downie Dear*
*3 Feb

Joe Hill-Gibbins

Set Designer
Johannes Schutz

Costume Designers
Alex Lowde

Lighting Designer
Matthew Richardson

Video Designer
Dick Straker

Movement Director
Jenny Ogilvie

Caroline Steinbeis

What the press said

'What a radical work is Mark-Anthony Turnage's first opera...even after thirty years.'  ★★★★★ The Herald

'Has lost none of its scabrous power.' ★★★★★ The Times 

'Joe Hill-Gibbins’ revival of this 30-year-old piece demonstrates that Greek has lost neither its scabrous virtuosity nor its sheer theatrical punch.'  ★★★★ The Financial Times 

'A bold, brave production, just as uncompromising as Turnage’s opera itself.' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'Otterburn is magnetic as Eddy...This is a performer with serious stage presence, and a voice to match.' ★★★★ The Guardian

'Three decades later, it feels more relevant than ever.' ★★★★ The Stage 

'Terrific production of a bona fide modern classic.' The Spectator 

'A fresh, ultimately optimistic, take on a classic tragedy which resonates with our plague-ridden world.' The Morning Star

'Devastating and terrifying.' Scotland on Sunday

★★★★ The Scotsman



If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Sun 6 Aug, 3.45pm

Sat 3 Feb, 6pm

Audio Described

Sun 6 Aug, 5pm

Sat 3 Feb, 7.15pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.