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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.


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

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

7-22 August 2015

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.