Oedipus Rex

Main programme
4 June 2017Sunday
Voronezh concert hall — big stage
The Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia, Moscow
in collaboration with the National Theatre of Greece
Director – Rimas Tuminas
Set Designer – Adomas Jacovskis
Composer – Faustas Latenas
World premiere July 29, 2016 in Greece – on stage of the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

Premiere in Athens September 22, 2016

Premiere in Moscow dedicated to the 95 anniversary of the Vakhtangov Theatre November 12, 13, 14, 2016

Duration – 1 hour 40 min without intermission


The director Rimas Tuminas believes that today is a right time for the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles. Rimas Tuminas claims: “I wish to make a performance about the most important things: virtue and honor. About a leader, a man who is strong enough to recompense his own sins, to accept punishment: exile and poverty till the end of his life.

It’s a hardly possible example of an honorable man for todays’ reality. Most of the men in power, leaders don’t find themselves guilty at all. Everything is approved and allowed (to those who have power). It’s time to remind about virtue and honor” (a translation of an interview in Russian to the TASS (Russia News Agency)).

Rimas Tuminas sais that the initiator of the project is Stathis Livathinos, the artistic director of the National Theatre of Greece. And for the artistic director of the Vakhtangov Theatre it is an enchanting challenge.

Greek actors perform the ancient Chorus and Russian actors of the Vakhtangov Theatre — the leading parts.