Mark Strong and Lesley Manville to star in Oedipus in West End

Mark Strong and Lesley Manville headshots

Mark Strong and Lesley Manville will star in a new adaptation of Oedipus in the West End.

The play, directed and reimagined by the esteemed Robert Icke, is set to make its debut at Wyndham’s Theatre in October 2024 with previews from 4 October.

While further casting details and on-sale dates for tickets are yet to be announced, you can sign up for priority booking at

Acclaimed actors Mark Strong and Lesley Manville in the lead roles of Oedipus and Jocasta, respectively.

This production is not Icke’s first foray into reinterpreting Greek tragedies. His previous work includes the critically acclaimed Oresteia and the innovative productions of 1984 and The Doctor. His version of Oedipus was first presented in Dutch at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and later at the Edinburgh International Festival, where it received high praise.

Set on the backdrop of an election night, with polls indicating a landslide victory, ‘Oedipus’ promises to be an explosive human thriller, transforming Sophocles’ epic tragedy into a narrative deeply resonant with contemporary themes. Both Strong and Manville are multi-award-winning actors, known for their powerful performances on both stage and screen.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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