Episode 321 – Sophocles’ Oedipus the King: Radio Drama Goes Epic

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Oedipus the King Radio Drama AdaptationThe king of Thebes investigates an act of violence that has angered the gods — but the truth he uncovers threatens to destroy him.

Chatterbox Audio Theater bravely takens on Sophocles’ seminal tragedy in a contemporary translation by Ian Johnston.

As far as we know, the only dramatization of Oedipus (please correct us if wrong in the comments!) takes on the Greek tragic epic with an austere theater, where the light focuses on the characters at hand as they reveal truths about the universe that may destroy kings, kingdoms, and draw down the anger of the Gods.

Also, a giddy Fred shouts out about the upcoming dramatization of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere coming to BBC Radio 4.

  • Evelyn C. Leeper

    There were other dramatizations of the Oedipus story (e.g., by Euripides), but they have not survived.

  • finalrune

    Evelyn – thanks for the additional info. We would love to hear some of those other productions! In their absence, we will enjoy the great work that Chatterbox has done.

    – Fred

  • Damian

    There is a surviving Oedipus by Seneca the Younger written in Latin, inspired by Sophoclles’