The triannual Greek Play 2019 will be Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, directed by Daniel Goldman and performed in ancient Greek with surtitles. It will be a modern adaptation of the drama and a gender-, age- and colour-blind production. Exact performance dates in October 2019 to be confirmed.
It is the second play in Sophocles’ “Theban trilogy” about the last days of Oedipus, now blind and exiled and is one of the greatest plays about old age, the bearing of life’s horror, and the transcendence of the ordinary.
The tradition of performing a Greek play in Cambridge goes back to 1882 and has profoundly influenced the very idea of the performability of ancient drama over the last century. Some of the best acting talent in the country was first showcased in the Cambridge Greek Play, most recently Tom Hiddleston (Orestes in Sophocles' Electra, 2001). This is a chance to be part of a great historical and theatrical tradition, to experiment with performing in another language and to work with a professional directorial and creative team.