Oedipus Rex

The Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles’ tragedy retells the old fable of the cruel lot of the man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his own mother, thus fulfilling the prophecy of the Oracle of Delphi.  It is a story of a king who must install order, even at the price of his self-destruction. King Oedipus could be envied by many for his good fortune – after defeating the Sphinx by solving her riddle, he became a respected ruler of Thebes and established an extensive family. By and large, he was a darling of the Gods! Yet an abrupt downfall followed. The learned past is always part of the present, and hence the gifts of Fate can only be assessed retrospectively…

Audience: children 15+, adult

About the company

The National Theatre Drama is the biggest company of its ilk in the Czech Republic. We strive to include in our programmes works of the classical and contemporary Czech and international repertoire as well as original projects and Czech premieres. The productions are visually compelling and exquisitely staged. Our company gives there eight first nights a year, while also pursuing a host of accompanying activities, educational programmes, and international festival Prague Crossroads.


Theatre / company

National Theatre Drama Prague / Činohra Národního divadla Praha

Czech title

Král Oidipús




Jan Frič


Marek Zelinka


Jakub Kudláč


Nina Jacques, Ilona Smejkalová

Stage design

Dragan Stojčevski

Costume design

Kateřina Štefková

Lighting design

Tomáš Morávek

Length of the performance

105 minutes

Stage area


Number of travelling persons



Czech , Subtitles available


Adult , Children


Daniela Pařízková