Winner of two 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards
Best Stage Design for a Mainstage Production
(Claude Marcos)
Best Score or Sound Design for a Mainstage Production
(Stefan Gregory)

This brilliant re-imagining of an ancient tale has played to great success in Paris, Germany, The Netherlands, Sydney and Melbourne.

It is the most infamous of all the ancients – the story of the deposed king whose sons were slaughtered and served to him by his brother in a feast. The starting point for this new version: THESE MYTHS ARE REAL. The action of the show, much like our lives, takes place in the banalities and ordinarinesses between atrocities. Featuring three extraordinary performances, the result is truly groundbreaking – gentle, disturbing, funny, beautiful and chilling in 90 minutes.


Thomas Henning
Ewen Leslie
Chris Ryan


Co-written by Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan, Simon Stone and Mark Winter after Seneca
Director Simon Stone
Set & Costume Designer Claude Marcos
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Lighting Designer Govin Ruben
Dramaturg Anne-Louise Sarks
Production Manager Mark Haslam
Stage Manager Matthew Schubach
Assistant Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Sound Operator Steve Toulmin

Belvoir acknowledges the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Andrew Cameron Family Foundation, Mark Carnegie and Jessica Block.
Thyestes was originally created by THE HAYLOFT PROJECT and was a Malthouse Theatre commission.

Image Gallery

Belvoir 2012 Season production photos by Heidrun Löhr.



Performance Times

Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers
20 March – 3 April



Simon Stone’s brave and bold reimagining of Seneca’s bloody tragedy Thyestes is thrilling and astounding. The production is a masterpiece of writing, a triumph of staging, and a sublime act of performance.

The Age, Melbourne

Thyestes is rock’n’roll theatre: confronting, transgressive, uncomfortably hilarious, obscene, horrifying and beautiful.

The Australian