Today sees the fourth programme in the five-night Screen Plays season Classics on TV: Greek Tragedy on the Small Screen at BFI Southbank. This afternoon and evening we will see The Oresteia, the Channel 4 version of the landmark 1981 National Theatre production of Aeschylus’ trilogy directed by Peter Hall. (No tickets for the 3.50pm showing are available via the BFI website but it may be worth getting on the standby list in case some become available immediately before the performance.)
For the earlier screenings on 7, 13 and 19 June we tried an experiment, inviting anyone who was at the screening to contribute their thoughts about the programmes on this blog. The experiment has been really successful – read the Comments on King Oedipus and Oedipus Tyrannus (7 June), Electra and Women of Troy with panel discussion with Fiona Shaw and Oliver Taplin (13 June) and Agamemnon (Part 1 of The Serpent Son) and Of Mycenae and Men – and so we will continue this for all the remaining two screenings.
My detailed Screen Plays post about the Channel 4 transmission of The Oresteia in 1983 remains available.
Full details of the season and our symposium about Greek tragedy on the small screen at the University of Westminster, which took place yesterday, can be found here.
Do please share your thoughts with us…