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Ralph Fiennes Unrecognizable in “Oedipus”

17 October 2008 / 21:10:53  GRReporter
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     The ancient Greek Sophocle’s tragedy “Oedipus” comes to life in modern version of costumes and theatrical scenery at the National Theatre in London, starting from 15 October to 4 January. Theatre fans will be able to see Ralph Fiennes in the part of the ill-fated king of Thebes who murders his father to marry his mother and who is called upon to lead his plague struck people. Critics say the actor is unrecognizable as Oedipus, resembling very much British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in his aspiration to find a way out of the global financial crisis.

Viewers remember Ralph Fiennes as a romantic actor from his magnificent performance in Anthony Minghella’s “ The English Patient” with Kristin Scott Thomas and “ The End of the Love Story” after Graham Greene’s novel of the same name with Julianne Moore. “I have always been fascinated by Oedipus because he is in all of us. There is a truth about Sophocle’s  hero in seeking of one’s true self and who you are in fact,” the actor shares with The Times newspaper readers.

He admits this is his most difficult part which he has prepared for months. He has visited Adam Philips who is probably the best psychoanalyst in Britain (together in the picture), the author of “ On Flirtation” and  “ On Kissing” bestsellers. “Sophocle’s play is very topical because a lot of people now believe that parents are a danger to their children. And on the contrary, lots of people think that children kill the love couple”, the psychoanalyst says for the same newspaper.

Ralph Fiennes’s Oedipus is a confident politician determined to lead his people in hard times and to unveil the secret of his origin even though it is completely devastating for him. At the same time the actor creates the character of an egocentric and courageous person, a rebel against Gods, just telling them “the hell with all vice”.

The play at the National Theatre in London is sponsored by “Shell”. The actors have been invited to play at the “Open Horizon” Festival in Athens in May after the theatrical season in the British capital is over. You may get a first impression of Frank McGuiness play at the link below:





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