Audible Studios has released a new audio drama called The Oedipus Plays, an original compilation of Sophocles’ Oedipus The King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone. The production showcases powerful performances by a full cast: in addition to Agent Carter’s Atwell, who plays Antigone, The Oedipus Plays also stars Julian Glover, who plays Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Samantha Bond, who played Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey, and more. This new recording, the first-ever audio recording of all three plays, is now available for download at audible.com/oedipus.
“She is quite an extraordinary character,” Atwell said about voicing Antigone, “someone who very much stands alone from her surroundings, someone who has been born out of great trouble and manages to find dignity in it. What makes her extraordinary is that she is able to feel compassion and appeal to others to be compassionate towards Oedipus and therefore herself. I think that takes a lot of strength and self-awareness to be able to see herself through other people’s eyes.”
“These heroic Greek dramas have moved theatergoers and readers for centuries,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson, “and this new production of the trilogy will delight and inspire listeners all over again. Atwell, Glover, Bond, and the rest of the cast have created an unparalleled performance that demonstrate why these plays continue to endure as landmarks of Western theater.”
The Oedipus Plays also includes specially commissioned music from composer Roger Marsh. With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including this performance of The Oedipus Plays, free.
Hayley Atwell is one of many stars to join the Audible team
In addition to Atwell, among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Thandie Newton, Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Dan Stevens, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Winslet and Tim Robbins. In 2013, Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and also won the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.