A Scottish Opera and Opera Ventures co-production
Fri 2 Feb to Sat 3 FebBook Tickets
Based on the play by Steven Berkoff
After a 5-star run as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival, this must-see production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s anarchic, provocative opera comes to Glasgow in February.
A brilliantly inventive, in-your-face re-telling of the Oedipus myth, Joe Hill-Gibbins’ production of Greek exposes the seedy world of Eddy and his family. When Eddy 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 compelling 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, one of Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists for 2017/18.
Sung in English with English supertitles
Running time approx. 80 mins (no interval)
This production has been made possible with generous support from the Howard and Sarah Solomon Foundation and Denise Coates Foundation. With additional support from the KT Wong Foundation and the Boltini Trust.
This production contains strong language
Cast & Creative Team
Greek 2018: Interview with composer Mark-Anthony TurnageComposer Mark-Anthony Turnage chats about his boundary-pushing opera GREEK, the impact it had upon its premiere in 1988 and why today it's more relevant than ever.
Greek 2017: What the Audience ThoughtGREEK blew audiences away during it's short run at the Edinburgh International Festival 2017 -- make sure you don't miss this astonishing production when it comes to Glasgow's Theatre Royal, 2 & 3 Feb 2018!
Greek 2017: TrailerA preview of our anarchic new production of GREEK, playing as part of Edinburgh International Festival 5 & 6 August 2017, and coming to Glasgow in February 2018. Mark-Anthony Turnage's anarchic, exhilarating reboot of the Oedipus legend is as painfully relevant today as it was at its premiere in 1988. A co-production with Opera Ventures.
Greek 2017:' If I'm not back by dawn...' Alex Otterburn as 'Eddy'
Greek 2017: What is Greek Like?
Greek 2017: Who is Eddy?
Stuart Stratford on Greek | Edinburgh International Festival 2017Conductor Stuart Stratford tells us more about Mark-Anthony Turnage's blazing opera Greek which exploded onto the stage in 1988 and overnight redefined what opera can be.
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