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Greek Tragedy Film Season
Greek tragedy marks the beginning of European theatre, and generations have reinterpreted the plays in their own ways. These rarely seen television productions feature some of the most renowned British actors in a wide range of approaches.
The first five screenings focus on the family of king Agamemnon around the time of the Trojan War. The final screening presents two productions of the most dysfunctional royal family of all: Sophocles’ Oedipus. More information at
Learn more in a programme of free talks, and join the conversation on twitter @tv_tragedy
Friday 29 January
7pm IPHIGENIA AT AULIS
Friday 26 February
5pm FREE TALK by Dr Chrysanthi Gallou: ‘The Archaeology behind the Myths: Mycenae, Crete, Troy and Thebes’
7pm THE SERPENT SON: AGAMEMNON + OF MYCENAE AND MEN
Thursday 3 March
2pm ORESTEIA: AGAMEMNON
5pm FREE TALK by Professor Alan Sommerstein: 'Is the Oresteia Sexist?'
7pm ORESTEIA: LIBATION-BEARERS, EUMENIDES
Saturday 12 March
12noon TALK by Dr Lynn Fotheringham and Dr Kalliopi Nikita: ‘Greeks taking on the World from Electra to Zorba the Greek’
2pm ELECTRA (In Greek without subtitles. Associated Rediffusion 1962, b+w) + WOMEN OF TROY
5pm FREE TALK by Dr. Amanda Wrigley, University of Westminster: ‘Theatre, War, Sex, Education: Greek Plays on British Television.’
7pm KING OEDIPUS (BBC 1972) + OEDIPUS TYRANNUS