Greek tragedy on the small screen – Reading

Thanasis Gavos   Wednesday, 25 January - 1 February - 8 February 2017; 7:00pm
film, Greek tragedy, Reading

A film season presented by the Department of Classics in collaboration with Reading Film Theatre and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television

All films will be shown in the Minghella Building.


Greek tragedy is ancient but always new, because the classic plays offer so many ways to explore our contemporary predicaments.  Between 1958 and 1990 British TV showed dozens of films of Greek tragedy, beaming stories of war, revenge, and heroism directly into the home.  This season allows us to revisit some of the most exciting and historic productions, linked by the theme of the Trojan War.


  • Iphigenia at Aulis
    Theatre Night, BBC 1990. Dir. Don Taylor. With Imogen Boorman, Roy Marsden, Fiona Shaw, Tim Woodward. 120 min.
    WEDNESDAY 25TH JANUARY 7 PM (DOORS OPEN AT 6.30) Introductory talk by Dr Amanda Wrigley
  • Agamemnon: Part One of The Serpent Son
    BBC 1979. Dir. Bill Hays. With Helen Mirren, Denis Quilley, Diana Rigg. 95 min.
    WEDNESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 7 PM (DOORS OPEN AT 6.30) Introductory talk by Prof. Barbara Goff
  • Electra
    ITV 1962. Dir. Joan Kemp-Welch. With Aspasia Papathanasiou, Georgia Saris. 58 min. Greek language.
    WEDNESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 7 PM (DOORS OPEN AT 6.30) Introductory talk by Dr Anastasia Bakogianni

University of Reading,
Minghella Studios,
Shinfield Road,
Berkshire RG6 6BT

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