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The Serpent Son: Agamemnon + Of Mycenae and Men
Part of the Greek Tragedy Film Season
Starring Diana Rigg, Denis Quilley, Helen Mirren (BBC 1979)
Introduction by Dr Oliver Thomas
Agamemnon has been away at the Trojan War for ten long years. At home in Argos, his wife Klytemnestra nurses her resentment at the murder of her daughter. When news comes that the war has been won, the people of Argos rejoice – but will they get their happy ending?
Aeschylus’ Oresteia, first performed in 458 BC, is the only Greek tragic trilogy which survives complete. See it in different productions on two evenings. This 1979 BBC production of the first play uses what were then state-of-the-art video-effects and astounding costumes to convey the fantastical environment of Greek mythology.
Shown with: Of Mycenae and Men. A comic afterpiece in the tradition of the ancient ‘satyr-play’, starring Diana Dors as Helen of Troy and Bob Hoskins as the slave Mr. Taramasalatopoulos.
145 minutes including interval
Free talk at 5pm: “The Archaeology behind the Myths: Mycaenae, Crete, Troy and Thebes” – Dr Chrysanthi Gallou
NB This is the same play (in a different production) as that being shown at 2pm on Thursday 3 March
Catch the other two plays from the Oresteia trilogy at 7pm on Thursday 3 March
More information at www.nottingham.ac.uk/cadre
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Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception (CADRE)
All screenings will be held in the Djanogly Theatre. Talks will be held in the Djanogly Theatre or the Performing Arts Studio.
A Greek supper menu will be available in the Pavilion Cafe each evening 5-6.30pm.
Last orders 6.15pm
Book in advance on 0115 846 7179