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Electra + Women of Troy

Part of the Greek Tragedy film season


Starring Aspasia Papathanasiou (Associated Rediffusion 1962)

Introduction by Dr Edmund Stewart

Years have passed since Agamemnon’s death; his wife and murderer, Klytemnestra, reigns in Argos; his son Orestes is in exile. Orestes’ sister Electra prays that he will return and avenge their father’s death. But then a stranger arrives with terrible news… 

Sophocles’ Electra tells the same story as Aeschylus’ Libation-Bearers, providing an opportunity to compare two playwrights’ treatment of the myth. In a remarkable television event, this modern Greek production, screened in 1962 with an explanatory introduction but without subtitles, had a glowing reception from members of the public, captured by the romance of seeing Greek tragedy in Greek. 

Shown with: Women of Troy (BBC 1958). A flashback to the end of the Trojan War, in a fragment of the first known production British television of Greek tragedy (only 17 minutes survive). 

100 minutes including interval

Post-screening discussion and pop-up exhibition

Free talk at 12 noon: “Greeks taking on the World from Electra to Zorba the Greek”,

Dr Kalliopi Nikita & Dr Lynn Fotheringham

Free talk at 5pm: “Theatre, War, Sex, Education: Greek Plays on British Television”, Dr Amanda Wrigley, University of Westminster

The Greek Tragedy Film Season will conclude at 7pm with two versions of Sophocles’ Oedipus

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.

Foodie Treats

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