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The Oresteia: Agamemnon
Part of the Greek Tragedy film season
Starring Philip Donaghy, James Carter, John Normington (Channel 4/National Theatre 1983)
Introduction by Prof Alan Sommerstein
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, or the whole of one production in two sessions on one day. In 1983 the still-new Channel 4 proclaimed its artistic credentials by screening the recent National Theatre production, captured on camera in the theatre. The production has a masked all-male cast in the authentic Greek manner.
Free talk at 5pm: “Is the Oresteia Sexist?” – Prof Alan Sommerstein
NB This is the same play (in a different production) as that being shown at 7pm on Friday 26 February
The remaining plays in the trilogy, Libation-Bearers and Eumenides, are being shown at 7pm.
More information at www.nottingham.ac.uk/cadre
Join the conversation @tv_tragedy (not @tvtragedy as in the brochure)
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 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