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  • Tense countdown … Gaite Jansen as Antigone, Hans Kesting as Oedipus and Marieke Heebink as Jocasta.

  • Oedipus is not yet king in Robert Icke’s slick modernisation of Sophocles’s tragedy.

  • It’s election night and there’s an Obama-like feel of hope and expectation in the air.

  • First, the bad news.

  • ‘Flawless’: Gaite Jansen as Antigone, Hans Kesting as Oedipus and Marieke Heebink as Jocaste in Robert Icke’s Oedipus at the King’s theatre, Edinburgh.

  • Projected in film on the blank curtain lowered in front of the set, a politician gives a rallying television interview before supporters on a contemporary Dutch street as election polls close.

  • A mythological play based on Oedipus, the king of Thebes, was staged recently at Sangeet Natak Akademi.

  • Outfitted with boxing gloves, Oedipus sets out to vanquish fate.

  • The clock is ticking.

  • When, in 1945, Laurence Olivier’s Oedipus finally discovered the grim truth – that he had accidentally slain his own father (Laius) years earlier and married his mother (Jocasta), bringing parricide .

  • ROBERT Icke’s Oedipus is a brilliantly gripping modernisation of the Greek tale.

  • “We’re going to make some history tonight, I think,” says the popular political leader to his first lady in waiting as he awaits the result of an epoch-changing election in Robert Icke’s radical .