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Robert Icke's Oedipus tickets on sale soon for West End run starring Helen Mirren and Mark Strong
Sonia Friedman Productions are set to stage a brand-new production of the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles that will star Olivier Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (The Queen, Gosford Park, The Madness of Queen George) and English actor Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust, Kick-Ass, Zero Dark Thirty). The news was confirmed by the production company via Twitter that the play is in the works.
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What is Sophocles' Oedipus about?
Oedipus Rex is an Athenian tragedy written by the ancient tragedian Sophocles in the fifth century BC and first performed on the Greek theatre stage in 429 BC. It was the second of the playwright's three surviving Theban plays to have been about Oedipus, who prior to the start of the play becomes the King of Thebes after unknowingly fulfilling a prophecy that he would murder his father Laius and bewed his mother Jocasta. Oedipus took his mother as his queen after solving the Sphinx's riddle.
The play itself follows Oedipus's investigation in finding the killer of Laius in order to end a plague that has befell the city of Thebes. He is utterly unaware that the murderer is in fact himself, and after learning of this patricide he has committed as well as his incestual maternal relationship, he gouges out his eyes while Jocasta hangs herself. The tragedy is widely regarded by Greek scholars as a masterpiece from ancient Greek tragedy.
Oedipus West End cast
Though it is unclear what roles our thespians will play, Mark Strong and Helen Mirren have been confirmed to be starring in this new Oedipus production directed by Robert Icke.
Having started her career as a repertoire actress for the RSC, Helen Mirren is now a multi-award-winning actress with one Academy Award (The Queen), four Primetime Emmy Awards (Prime Suspect 4: The Scent of Darkness, The Passion of Ayn Rand, Elizabeth I, Prime Suspect: The Final Act), three Golden Globe Awards (The Queen, Losing Chase, Elizabeth I), one Laurence Olivier Award (The Audience), and one Tony Award (The Audience) under her belt.
Mark Strong is a London-born actor best known for his roles as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in Shazam! (2019), Frank D'Amico in Kick-Ass (2010), George in Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Jim Prideaux in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Lord Henry Blackwood in Sherlock Holmes (2009), Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies in The Imitation Game (2014), Merlin in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), and Prince Septimus in Stardust (2007).
Robert Icke's recent adaptation of The Doctor had its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre this year and is now to set to run in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre in Spring 2020. If you are itching to see the new Oedipus production, then Robert Icke's The Doctor starring Juliet Stevenson is the perfect West end show to tide you over until then!
Further casting for the West End production of Oedipus will be announced in due course.
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