by Eugene O'Neill.
Adapted and produced by Royston Morley.
Mourning Becomes Electra is a play which retells the story-half legend, half history-of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Electra, and Orestes-a story used by the Greek authors of antiquity. It is a play of passion and violence, of a family pursued and destroyed by Fate, of individuals haunted by the shadow of an ancient wrong, unable to escape the consequences of evil and sin. Generally regarded as the greatest play by an American author. Mourning Becomes Electra lasts nearly five hours in its original stage form. For the purposes of the television production the play has been shortened to last a little over three hours, and Is being televised in two parts.
The action of part one takes place either immediately outside or in the Mannon family house, a gaunt and sombre mansion in New England, not far from Boston. The time is 1865, just before the end of the American Civil War
Part two of Mourning Becomes Electra will be televised on Thursday, April 10, at 8.30 p.m.
(Ralph Michael appears by permission of Ealing Studios)
Seth Beckwith, a gardener:
Captain Peter Niles, U.S. Federal Army:
Captain Adam Brandt, of the clipper 'Flying Trades':
Brigadier-General Ezra Mannon, U.S. Federal Army:
First Lieut Orin Mannon, U.S. Federal Army:
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