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Birtwistle and The Oresteia

1981 production of The Oresteia


The 30th anniversary of Sir Peter Hall's famous National Theatre production of The Oresteia is to be celebrated with an evening of entertainment at the Taylorian in Oxford on 19 November.

Dr David Beard will be speaking at the event, alongside host Professor Oliver Taplin (Classics Faculty, University of Oxford), director Peter Hall, translator and poet Tony Harrison, and actor Greg Hicks.

Dr Beard undertook the first detailed account of the production's music for the book Ancient Drama in Music on the Modern Stage published by Oxford University Press in 2010. His research drew extensively on previously undocumented materials held at the National Theatre Archive in London, and audio recordings of workshops from 1977.

More recently, this work fed into his forthcoming book which is the first definitive survey of Birtwistle's music for the opera house and theatre, due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.