Aeschylus' Oresteia (Tony Harrison Adaptation), the National Theatre (1983)



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Credited cast:
David Bamber ... Chorus
Sean Barker ... Chorus
Jim Carter ... Agamemnon
Robert Cartland Robert Cartland ... Electra
Timothy Davies Timothy Davies ... Pylades
Peter Dawson Peter Dawson ... Chorus
Pip Donaghy Pip Donaghy ... Clytemnestra (as Philip Donaghy)
James Hayes James Hayes ... Nurse
Greg Hicks ... Orestes
Kenny Ireland Kenny Ireland ... Apollo
Alfred Lynch ... Aegisthus
John Normington ... Cassandra
Tony Robinson ... Servant
Barrie Rutter ... Herald
Michel Thomas Michel Thomas ... Athena


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1983 (UK) See more »

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The Oresteia See more »

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Shouldn't work at all, but it does.
14 March 2016 | by flash-104See all my reviews

This production shouldn't work at all: It's too authentic and politically incorrect; the actors, even for the female parts, are male and wearing masks. It's too inauthentic and politically correct: The translation uses heavy-handed rhyme (which is philological nonsense, _pace_ Gilbert Murray) and uses "he-god" for "god" and "she-god" for "goddess." And I saw a badly- digitized copy with horrible audio interference.

But somehow the patented Sir Peter Hall magic makes you see why Wagner revered the Oresteia and Swinburne called it the greatest spiritual achievement of man.

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