Antigone by Sophocles at the Barbican

25 Jul

Antigone

Directed by Ivo van Hove

Barbican

4 – 28 March 2015 / 19:45, 15:00, 14:30

 

Celebrated stage and screen actress Juliette Binoche plays Antigone in a contemporary version of Sophocles’s tragedy, translated afresh by T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson.

When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Defying her uncle who governs, she dares to say ‘No’. Forging ahead with a funeral alone, she places personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction.

Renowned for the revelatory nature of his work, Ivo van Hove first enthralled London audiences with his ground-breaking Roman Tragedies seen at the Barbican in 2009. Drawing on his ‘ability to break open texts calcified by tradition’ (Guardian), the director now turns to a classic Greek masterpiece.

 

Admission

£16–55

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