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Greek plays: the National Theatre’s The Oresteia (Channel 4, 1983)

Really interesting blog post here about the Greek plays.

SCREEN PLAYS

Just over twenty years after ITV transmitted a production of Sophocles’ Electra in modern Greek and – astonishingly – without subtitles (about which I wrote a blog post here), the second of the two known reconfigurations of theatre productions of Greek drama for British television was transmitted by Channel 4, less than a year after the network was established. Whereas the modern Greek Electra had posed a linguistic challenge for the audience in 1962, Channel 4’s transmission of Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy in 1983 – a televised version of the National Theatre’s 1981 all-male production directed by Peter Hall – was challenging in terms of its sheer length, for it ran over a 4½-hour slot on the evening of Sunday 9 October.

In this long post, I consider the other programmes that accompanied this viewing marathon, before going on to contextualise the production of Agamemnon, the first play in…

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