Sophocles' tragedy in a raw new version by Frank McGuinness. Ralph Fiennes takes the title role, with Alan Howard as Teiresias and Clare Higgins as Jocasta. The National Theatre 8.10.08 until 4.1.09.
Chorus : Patrick Brennan
Director: Jonathan Kent
photo (Ralph Fiennes) by Jillian Edelstein
God is on fire; his fever is plague. All that was sweet is spilt and gone. The people of Thebes look to Oedipus to lift a terrible curse from them and their city. He consults the oracle and learns that he must root out the late king's murderer. But his relentless interrogation of one man after another leads inexorably, and in the space of a single day, to his own savage conclusion.