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Theban Plays: Oedipus the King 

Oedipus the King (original title)
Plagues are ravaging Thebes, and the blind fortune-teller Tieresias tells Oedipus, the King, that the gods are unhappy. The murder of the former king has gone unavenged, and Oedipus sets ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Taylor

Writers:

Sophocles (play), Don Taylor (translation)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Pennington ... Oedipus Rex
Claire Bloom ... Jocasta
John Gielgud ... Teiresias
John Shrapnel ... Creon
Michael Byrne ... Chorus
Cyril Cusack ... Priest
Ernest Clark ... Chorus
David Collings ... Chorus
Donald Eccles ... Chorus
Robert Eddison ... Chorus
Edward Hardwicke ... Chorus
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ... Chorus
Noel Johnson Noel Johnson ... Chorus
Clifford Rose ... Chorus
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Chorus
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Plagues are ravaging Thebes, and the blind fortune-teller Tieresias tells Oedipus, the King, that the gods are unhappy. The murder of the former king has gone unavenged, and Oedipus sets out to find the killer. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Theban Plays: Oedipus the King See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Best version of Oedipus Rex i've seen on a screen.
19 May 2005 | by Exar-SamaSee all my reviews

Michael Pennington quite simply DOMINATES this version of Oedipus Rex. While some might not like the update of Thebes to what appears to be Industrial Revolution England, I believe it works. Various characters look "Greek" enough for me, and the removal of the traditional masks that were found in Greek plays works out.

Why? Well Pennington fits the part of the play's namesake. He obviously did well researching or getting into the 'mind' of Oedipus. Watching him speak, his expressions is much better than somehow finding 'hubris' from a mask that is frozen into place. The rest of the cast compliments well, but above all is Pennington. If you are going to show a version of Oedipus to a literature class, this is the version. Its easy to understand and updated for a culture that would find little interest in watching frozen masks walk around.

I wish this play was released widely on DVD and not only available at insane high prices on an educational website.


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