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Antigone

8 - 22 August 2015

Ivo van Hove directs a stellar cast including Juliette Binoche, Obi Abili, Kirsty Bushell, Samuel Edward-Cook, Finbar Lynch, Patrick O’Kane and Kathryn Pogson in Anne Carson’s striking new translation of Sophokles’s great tragedy.

Binoche plays Antigone, a Theban noblewoman whose brother is deemed a traitor after fighting to the death in a vicious civil war. When his body is left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone defies King Kreon to bury her brother with the honours he deserves.

Ivo van Hove made his British debut at the 1998 Edinburgh International Festival. Since then he has become one of the most acclaimed directors in Europe and the US. His recent productions of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge have won praise from critics and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.


compelling

The Times

Binoche a mighty sparrow full of heart

The Herald

His work is unique, raw, shocking, surprising, hilarious – everything you want theatre to be

Cate Blanchett on Ivo van Hove


Produced by the Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, in association with Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Co-produced by Edinburgh International Festival and Théâtre de la Ville – Paris and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen


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  • Language: 
    Performed in English
  • Audio described:
    Wed 12 Aug 7.15pm, Fri 21 Aug 7.15pm, Sat 22 Aug 2.15pm
  • Running time: 
    1 hour and 45 minutes approximately
  • Touch tour:
    Wed 12 Aug 6.15pm, Fri 21 Aug 6.15pm, Sat 22 Aug 1.15pm
  • Captioned:
    Wed 12 Aug 7.30pm, Fri 21 Aug 7.30pm, Sat 22 Aug 2.30pm

Supported by
The Pirie Rankin Charitable Trust

With additional support from
The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

Institut français d’Ecosse

Access

  • Touch tour
  • Audio described
  • Captioned performance
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    Translated by Anne Carson
    Directed by Ivo van Hove

    Jan Versweyveld Set and lighting
    Peter van Kraaij Dramaturg
    Tal Yarden Video
    Daniel Freitag Composition and Sound
    An d’Huys Costumes

    Juliette Binoche Antigone
    Obi Abili Guard/Chorus
    Kirsty Bushell Ismene/Chorus
    Samuel Edward-Cook Haimon/Chorus
    Finbar Lynch Teiresias/Chorus
    Patrick O’Kane Kreon
    Kathryn Pogson Euridike/Chorus
    Toby Gordon Body of Polyneikes/Boy

    Antigone | Herald Scotland review

    August 9th 2015

    Binoche a mighty sparrow full of heart ★★★★

    Read the full review here (Herald Scotland)

    Review by: 

    Neil Cooper
    Theatre critic
    Herald Scotland

    Antigone | Times review

    August 10th 2015

    compelling ★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Times)

    Review by: 

    Allan Radcliffe
    Theatre critic
    The Times

    Antigone | Guardian review

    March 6th 2015

    Team Juliette Binoche with Ivo van Hove in Greek tragedy and the result is bound to be a prestige show ... it’s a production that combines a sombre aesthetic beauty with a sense of the ambivalence at the heart of Sophocles’s play.

    Read the full review here (The Guardian)

    Review by: 

    Michael Billington
    Theatre Critic
    The Guardian

    Antigone | Evening News review

    August 11th 2015
    Review by: 

    Antigone | For All Events review

    August 15th 2015

    fresh, raw, determined ★★★★

    Read the full review here (For All Events)

    Review by: 

    Jo Tomalin
    Critic
    For All Events

    Antigone | Big Issue review

    August 12th 2015

    beautifully measured and hypnotic ★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Big Issue)

    Review by: 

    David Pollock
    Critic
    The Big Issue

    Antigone | Herald Scotland feature

    August 6th 2015

    Antigone and a modern atrocity

    Read the full feature here (Herald Scotland)

    Review by: 

    Neil Cooper
    Journalist
    Herald Scotland

    Photo: Jan Versweyveld


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    Tickets

    Dress Circle: £48 £42 £18
    Stalls: £48 £42 £28 £24 £18
    Upper: £22 £17
    Preview (7 Aug): £44 £38 £26 £22 £20 £16 £15

    Current discounts

    Unders 18s: 50% off
    Students: 50% off
    Young Scot card holders: 50% off
    Senior citizens: 50% off
    Unemployed: 50% off
    Equity card holders: 50 % off
    MU card holders: 50 % off