Place yourself back in to the times of Greek tragedy and culture, the glorious palace doors overlooking the Kingdom and the elegant, admirable robes. Here you will find the setting of “Oedipus the King” written by Sophocles, adapted in 1986 by Don Taylor. Taylor adapts this version extremely well, highlighting the main themes and significant symbolising Sophocles would have used in the play outstandingly. Also he still keeps the reflection of the Greek culture of the play too.
Like all Greek tragedies Oedipus is set around only one setting, here it’s outside the Kingdom where the citizens of Thebes and the chorus of the Theban councillors all gather in hope of Oedipus’s wisdom. The stage is set out in a fixed stage, with the kingdom
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Teiresias is dressed in some ways like an angel in the colours of white, he is joined by a young boy, John Gielgud who plays Teiresias presents the character brilliantly emphasising the old age and blindness of the character from his first step on to the stage. The use of music starts to become much lower too. Again when they are talking it is a very realistic scene but there is a change in tone when Teiresias presents Oedipus with the news he is the Killer of the old King, Oedipus always seems to be preaching to the Chorus, yet Michael Pennington seems to present him looking quite anxious a lot.
Episode 2 again the tone of music is the same and the ‘day’ seems to becoming lighter, the staging is still the same too. We are introduced to the character Jocasta and Croen. Jocasta is exposed as very elegant women by Claire Bloom, her entrance is grand and she wears a traditional Greek rope showing the importance of culture. Her colours like Oedipus are very grand as she wears red and gold with the white brooches which are extremely significant, as people usually wear 1, Jocasta is wearing two, foreshadowing the future events of Oedipus blinding himself. The way Claire Bloom presents Jocasta is also with a lot of pride, and wisdom she