Oedipus the King (1881)

Original id: 
Start date: 
17 May 1881
End date: 
20 May 1881
Degree of relationship to ancient play: 
Original language
Production notes: 
This play 'was witnessed by six thousand people'. Following the success of this production the production was revived, in English translation, with the same actor in the leading role on the commercial stage the following year (ID 6372).
Media of production: 
Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Information related to this production

Person Role Notes
Curtis Guild Actor Teiresias
G. M. Lane Actor Shepherd of Laius
W. H. Manning Actor Priest of Zeus
Frank D. Millett Costume Designer
Henry Norman Actor Creon
Charles Eliot Norton Designer
Mr L. E. Opdycke Actor Jocasta
John Knowles Paine Composer
George Riddle Actor Oedipus
A. W. Roberts Actor First Messenger
John William White Director
Owen Wister Actor Second Messenger
Venue Festival Dates Notes
University of Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States) 17 May, 1881 to 19 May, 1981 in the Sanders Theatre
Source Format Location if held at the APGRD Pagination
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Living Greek Theatre: A Handbook of Classical Performance and Modern Production Book library 332
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An Account of the Harvard Greek Play Photocopy library ix,
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