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King Oedipus and Oedipus Tyrannus
Part of the Greek Tragedy film season
Starring Ian Holm, Sheila Allen (BBC 1972); Patrick Stewart, Rosalie Crutchley (BBC/Open University 1977)
Introduction by Dr Betine Van Zyl Smit
Plague has struck the city of Thebes. King Oedipus sends to the oracle at Delphi for advice and learns that he must find the killer of the previous king, Laiusto whose widow, Jocasta, Oedipus himself is now married.
Our season ends with two contrasting productions of the most famous Greek tragedy of all, starring the most dysfunctional family: Sophocles’ Oedipus. King Oedipus, a modern-dress production shot in a realistic but vague post-colonial setting, was a Play of the Month in November 1972; Oedipus Tyrannus (second half only) was filmed for the Open University on a tiny, stylised studio-set, and used half-masks, elaborate wigs, exotic costumes, and a dancing chorus to convey the foreign-ness of Greek tragedy.
145 minutes including interval
Pop-up exhibition before the screening
Free talk at 5pm: “Theatre, War, Sex, Education: Greek Plays on British Television”, Dr Amanda Wrigley, University of Westminster
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