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Rome After nearly 1500 years its show time again at the Roman Colosseum Spectators are bustling into the ancient arena performers are fending off stage fright But the show this time is supremely civilised Classical Greek tragedy instead of gladiators and gore No howling Roman mobs no snarling wild beasts The National Theatre of Greeces striking production of Oedipus Rex christens an eight-year restoration of the Colosseum capped by the replacement of part of the arenas long-missing floor About one-seventh of the original arenas floor space is now covered leaving open the familiar view of the vast subterranean labyrinth which once housed animals men sets and props The stage makes it possible for the first time in centuries to stand where gladiators stood gazing up at the towering tiers of the ancient amphitheatre Even the cast and crew of Oedipus - absorbed in putting on the play and distracted by pre-game nerves - were a bit awe-struck by the astonishing venue This grandeur this strength The strength of the Romans exclaimed Jenny Gaitanapoulou the veteran Cypriot actress who plays Jocasta the motherwife of Oedipus Oepidus Rex is the first of a trilogy of Sophocles tragedies in the Colosseum during the European summer It will be followed by Antigone and the opera Oedipus an adaptation of the play Oedipus in Colonus For many people involved in the Sophocles project the performances are a way of infusing the ancient killing ground with a new spirit Culture Minister Giovanna Melandri said the trilogy brings the Colosseum back to life but not for cruelty Its for art Tens of thousands of lives were sacrificed in the arena to entertain the bloodthirsty Roman crowds and it could take more than eight summer nights of Sophocles to banish the ghosts But people like Oedipus star Grigoris Valtinos have faith in their art
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