Production Information

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
Creon : Jasper Britton
Shepherd : Alfred Burke
Priest : David Burke
Chorus : Edward Clayton
Chorus : Sam Cox
Chorus : Russell Dixon
Oedipus : Ralph Fiennes
Chorus : Darren Fox
Chrous : Richard Freeman
Jocasta : Clare Higgins
Teiresias : Alan Howard
Jocasta (understudy) : Sioned Jones
The Messenger : Gwilym Lee
Chorus : Neil McCaul
Chorus : Paul McCleary
Chorus : Seymour Matthews
Chorus : Stanley Page
Chorus : Steven Page
Chorus : Christopher Saul
Chorus : David Shaw-Parker
Stranger from Corinth : Malcolm Storry
Chorus : Robert Willox

Director: Jonathan Kent
Designer: Paul Brown
Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
Music: Jonathan Dove
Movement Director: Denni Sayers
Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis

photo (Ralph Fiennes) by Jillian Edelstein

Runs (tbc)


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.