According to Berkoff, “My version of Oedipus seeks to examine the play and occasionally peer beneath the tendency to strut and pose, to high-blown rhetoric and an air of self-importance somehow unavoidable in versions of Greek tragedy. I also sought to relate some events to images of today since the greatness of Greek tragedy is that its themes deal with the power of natural forces and the cycle of life and death. So its shadow lies across the years and its arguments are mankind's into perpetuity.”
We hear that Berkoff hopes to bring Oedipus into town in time for Christmas and that he’s already cast Simon Merrells, who starred as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront, in the title role. Ralph Fiennes tackled the doomed man, who murders his father and marries his mother, last autumn at the National Theatre, in Frank McGuinness’ version of Sophocles’ ancient tragedy.