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Antigone

Antigone

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Sunday, October 25, 2015

Theater

Academy Award–winning stage-and-screen actress Juliette Binoche portrays Antigone in a contemporary version of Sophokles's riveting tragedy, translated anew by T.S. Eliot Prize–winning poet Anne Carson.

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"A production that combines a sombre aesthetic beauty with a sense of the ambivalence at the heart of Sophokles's play"
--The Guardian

Antigone
Starring Juliette Binoche


Celebrated stage-and-screen actress Juliette Binoche (Academy Award winner for The English Patient; Tony Award nominee for Harold Pinter's Betrayal) portrays Antigone in a contemporary version of Sophokles's riveting tragedy, translated anew by T.S. Eliot Prize–winning poet Anne Carson.
 
When her dead brother is decreed a traitor and his body is left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Defying her uncle, who governs the city, 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.
 
Famous for the revelatory nature of his work, internationally renowned Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove first enthralled London audiences with his groundbreaking Roman Tragedies, seen at the Barbican in 2009. Drawing on his "ability to break open texts calcified by tradition" (The Guardian), he now turns to this classic Greek masterpiece.

Recommended for age 12 and up.

Performance Timing: 1 hour, 40 minutes, with no intermission.

Watch and Listen

Behind the Curtain: Antigone with Juliette Binoche