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Ralph Fiennes in Oedipus at the National

Published: Monday 20th of October 2008

World-famous British actor Ralph Fiennes has begun a run playing the title role in Oedipus, a new version of Greek tragedy at the National Theatre.

Based on Sophocles' original, this new version by Frank McGuinness transposes the action to a milieu that recalls a certain austere post-war society in its reimagining of the man who kills his father and falls in love with his mother while unaware of the true identity of either.

The air of the productions is one of sober simplicity, with notes of 1950s suits and awkward conventionality in its tone.

The National Theatre on London's South Bank has been at the heart of the British dramatic world since the 1960s and has been in its current home since the late 1970s. Its first artistic director was British acting legend Sir Laurence Olivier, regarded by many as the finest stage actor in modern history.

The backstage tour of the theatre is thought of as one of the best theatrical attractions in the capital. LondonPass holders can enjoy free admission to the tour, saving £5 for adults and £4 for children.

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