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Oresteia: Libation Bearers + Eumenides
Part of the Greek Tragedy film season
Starring Greg Hicks, Roger Gartland, Kenny Ireland, Michael Thomas (Channel 4/National Theatre 1983)
Introduction by Dr Lynn Fotheringham
Years have passed since Agamemnon’s death; his wife and murderer, Klytemnestra, reigns in Argos; his son Orestes is in exile. If Orestes avenges his father, how can he escape being pursued by the vengeful Furies (Eumenides) for killing his own mother? The cycle of violence looks set to continue forever…
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.
150 minutes including interval
Free talk at 5pm: “Is the Oresteia Sexist?” – Prof Alan Sommerstein
The first play in the trilogy, Agamemnon, is being shown at 2pm in this production, and at 7pm on Friday 26 February in a 1979 BBC production
The story of Libation-Bearers is told differently in Sophocles’ Electra, shown on Saturday 12 March
More information at www.nottingham.ac.uk/cadre
Join the conversation @tv_tragedy
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