Oedipus Tyrannus

1968-1969 National Theatre of Northern Greece
Oedipus Tyrannus - Sophocles
Repeat: Theatro Dassous, 29/08/1968
Opening: Ancient Theatre of Philippi, Kavala, 20/07/1968

Laius, king of Thebes, was informed by the Delphi Oracle that his son to be born by his wife Jocasta, would become the cause of his death. Feared by this oracle, when the child was born he gave it to a shepherd ordering him to kill it. The shepherd, however, felt sorry for the babe and gave it in turn to a shepherd in the service of the King of Corinth, to deliver it to his masters Polybus and Meropi. The child (Oedipus) grew up and when another child of the same age called him a bastard, he made up his mind to discover his origins. In quest of the truth he went to Delphi. The answer of the oracle was that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus, believing that his real parents were in Corinth, decides not to return there. Instead he sets out for Thebes. On the way he is involved in a fight with a stranger and kills him, without knowing that this man was actually his father, Laius. On arriving in Thebes, he is confronted by Sphinx a monster with the face of a woman and the body of a lion asking the passers by to solve a riddle and killing whoever cannot answer it. Meanwhile, Creon, successor of Laius to the throne of Thebes, has declared that whoever solves the riddle and kills the Sphinx, would become the King and marry Laius' widow. Oedipus solves the riddle and thus, the oracle comes true. He marries his mother Jocasta and has with her two sons and two daughters. Soon the gods send a serious plague to the city and it is revealed that the city will be saved only when the killer of Laius is found and either killed or exiled. King Oedipus, in his effort to save the city, discovers the terrible truth. Jocasta then commits suicide ehile Oedipus blinds himself and is led to exile.

Playwright: Sophocles
Translation: Fotos Politis
Composition: Solon Mihailidis
Choreography: Agapi Evangelidi
Choir instruction: Tassos Pappas
14 performances - 42.550 spectators
Ancient Theatre of Philippi, Kavala (20/07/1968 - 04/08/1968)
Ancient Theatre of Thassos (28/07/1968)
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens (24/08/1968 - 25/08/1968)
Theatro Dassous (29/08/1968 - 19/09/1968)
Summer Tour (31/08/1968 - 01/09/1968)
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