Greek tragedy has been part of the National Theatre’s repertoire since the company formed: its first performance of a Greek tragedy, Sophocles’ Philoctetes, was in 1964. Dr Lucy Jackson is working with the National Theatre to explore how the challenges of staging Greek tragedy have been met on the National Theatre's stages through four themes: performance space, setting (the world of the play), chorus, and masks.
Dr Lucy Jackson's research in the National Theatre's archive collections explores 60 years of staging classical Greek plays, from recent productions such as 'Medea' starring Helen McCrory (2014) or 'Antigone' starring Jodie Whittaker and Christopher Ecclestone (2012), to Tony Harrison's 1981 production of the Oresteia, featuring iconic design work by Jocelyn Herbert, the first woman to work as a stage designer for the National Theatre. In two new videos, funded by Durham University, Dr Jackson and the National Theatre's Head of Archive, Erin Lee, explore the design of this Oresteia through the archival collections left by Jocelyn Herbert:
You can also visit the digital exhibit of archival materials and interviews about these Greek tragedy productions - and many others - curated by Dr Jackson.