Oedipus Retold

Oedipus The King after Oedipus Tyrannos by Sophocles, adapted by Jeremy Kingston Oedipus At The Crossroads by Jeremy Kingston Directed by Robert Gillespie “Beautifully insightful, with each adaptation complementing the other. Not just for the avid classicist, this production is a delight through and through… Witty, intelligent, and refreshing.” – The Upcoming “An outstanding ensemble […]


Oedipus RetoldOedipus The King
after Oedipus Tyrannos by Sophocles, adapted by Jeremy Kingston

Oedipus At The Crossroads
by Jeremy Kingston
Directed by Robert Gillespie

“Beautifully insightful, with each adaptation complementing the other. Not just for the avid classicist, this production is a delight through and through… Witty, intelligent, and refreshing.” – The Upcoming

“An outstanding ensemble cast that works in unison giving full-blooded performances… Jack Klaff is electrifying in his intensity…a satire on religion as biting and funny as Monty Python’s Life of Brian…Oedipus Retold raises questions about fate and destiny with intelligence and wit.” – Entertainment Focus

“Tom Shepherd is a considered, no-frills Oedipus…Clare Cameron’s report of how the king finds his mother/mate hanging, “turning”, is given with depth and simplicity” – FT

“Kingston has come up with a splendidly anarchic tale…It is a brilliant diversion and the performances, under Robert Gillespie’s direction, splendid with Jack Klaff coming into his own as Laius. Shepherd dazzles in both plays…a most rewarding, stimulating piece of theatre” – Reviewsgate

“The direction by Robert Gillespie provides tight and absorbing drama” – The Public Reviews

“The writing is witty and intelligent….a clever, irreverent new spin on a classic” – Everything Theatre

A glorious opportunity to debate to what extent we are powerless against the inevitable forces of Fate, as viewed by Sophocles around 400BC, in an imaginative retelling of Oedipus Tyrannos by Jeremy Kingston performed alongside Jeremy’s original work, Oedipus At The Crossroads.

In Ancient Greece so many things have either no explanation or a number of equally valid explanations that the idea of man’s destiny being in the lap of the gods, cuts several ways. It keeps people in line, checking their behavior; it’s a help for living the right life, and of course, kings can exploit it to bully, as can popes, businessmen and soldiers.

The story of Oedipus The King is widely celebrated but what would have happened if King Laius and Queen Jocasta hadn’t listened to the Oracle and instead, had kept Oedipus at home and brought him up to be a nice normal little royal prince? And how on earth was he persuaded to kill his father and marry his mother within a few days?

First performed in 2003 and revived in 2014 in the West End, Kingston’s interpretations of the original text and his retelling of the story in his own words are different, witty and thought provoking.

All images are credited to Richard Davenport.


Past Productions
  • The Red Baron
    Shaw's Women
    Oedipus Retold
    Making Dickie Happy