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The Comedy of Oedipus - Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Theatre preview

THE LION and Unicorn Theatre is presenting the UK premiere of The Comedy of Oedipus as part of the Shubbak Festival 2013 – from Tuesday, June 18 to Saturday, July 13, 2013.

What if Oedipus lived in Ancient Egypt, killed the Sphinx, and became a personality cult – his face on the cover of the Time magazine?

The Comedy of Oedipus is Egyptian playwright Ali Salem’s ‘hilarious, surreal, but relevant version’ of Sophocles’ classical tragedy in the Thebes of Ancient Egypt – only this land of pharoahs and pyramids has popularity contests and papparazzi, too, and however hard Oedipus tries to modernise his people’s thinking, they only worship him more.

Ali Salem’s 1970 satire not only captures the absurdities and incongruities of mass communication, it throws a strong dimension into today’s Egypt and its challenges and dreams for the future.

Ali Salem is famed throughout the Arab world as a brilliant comic playwright, whose best-known work is Madraset Al Moshaghbeen (The Trouble Maker’s School). The Comedy of Oedipus is a ‘Pythonesque’ vision of a world determined to go mad.

Ahmed El-Alfy directs a cast that includes Elliott Pritchard (as Oedipus), Caroline Ginty (Jocasta), Matthew Eaton (Creon), Buchan Lennon (Tiresias), Adrian Relph (Hormoheb), Harry Belcher (Awalih), Timothy George (Onah), Miranda Menzies (Kami), Manos Koutsis (Senefru), Jack Badley (Police Officer), Natasha Karp (Nefer) and Tom Phillips (Kaiit).

The chorus comprises Miranda Menzies, Natasha Karp, Tom Phillips, Jack Badley and Miranda Menzies.

El-Alfy Theatre Company is a new International Theatre Company based in London as part of Star Brands International Group. Its objective is to produce provocative and innovative theatre in the UK with a cultural twist. Its founder, Ahmed El Alfy, is an Egyptian theatre director from Cairo.

Produced by Karim Salem, The Comedy of Oedipus has set design by Jenny Gamble, lighting by Christopher Nairne and costume design by Libby Everall.

Tickets: £19/£13 – available from the box office on 08444 77 1000 or from Ticketweb.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 3.30pm, Sunday at 2.30pm.

Also at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre: Killing Romeo and Luck Penny.