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Oedipus Retold
14th January – 8th February 2014

TAG members can get a great discount (reduced from £16 to £10) in the first two weeks of this run by quoting promo code: ‘greece’ when booking online.

All the very best to TAG members taking part in this production!

OEDIPUS RETOLD
By Jeremy Kingston
Directed by Robert Gillespie

“Why do we do it? Why do we make these journeys to that smoking crack in the earth at Delphi?
We watch for birds flying this or that way,
Cringe at thunder-claps.
The folly of us all!.”

“Twist we, turn we how we may, our fate hunts us down.  We flee from it for twenty years and at the end of our journey all we have done is catch up with it.  Therefore worship the gods, obey the Law, attend all the days of your life to the words of the priests.”

Now performed for the first time in the West End, Oedipus Retold is a double-bill of plays; the first is Oedipus the King, an imaginative retelling by acclaimed playwright and theatre critic, Jeremy Kingston, of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannos,  followed by Jeremy’s original work, Oedipus At The Crossroads.

The cast includes Tom Shepherd as Oedipus, Jack Klaff, David Shaw-Parker, Clare Cameron, Richard EarthySteve WattsJudi Scott and Luke Hornsby Smith.

The story of Oedipus the King is widely celebrated and Kingston’s interpretation is a witty, alternative and thought-provoking version that revisits questions of fates, power and perception. Oedipus at the Crossroads is a bitingly comic exploration of an alternative narrative; what would have happened if Oedipus had met his father and instead of killing him had struck up a conversation?  And how on earth was Oedipus persuaded to kill his father and marry his mother within a few days?

Oedipus Retold is directed by acclaimed actor, writer and director Robert Gillespie.

“A bristling, intelligent and funny play” – The Guardian

“A highly diverting diptych” – The Independent

 




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