Brendan Murray’s adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, one woman’s passionate fight against her oppressors which shines a new light on Sophocles’ depiction of a patriarchal society, is being staged with an all-woman cast at London’s Hope Theatre later this month.
This new version will be presented by a cast of five, in a highly physical, musical and hauntingly beautiful retelling of the classic tale, directed by Matthew Parker.
When Antigone goes against the law of the land in burying her brother, she sets in motion a chain of events leading to the shattering of her familial relations, and the downfall of the house of Oedipus.
Tales Retold’s production has original choral music by Maria Haik Escudero and stars Amanda Bailey, Holly Campbell, Cassandra Hodges, Hester Kent and LJ Reeves.
Past productions from the company include Coward (The Nightingale Rooms), Much Ado About Nothing (Rose and Crown), Safer (Tristan Bates Theatre), Snoo Wilson’s More Light (Rose, Bankside) and the UK Premiere of The Tragedy of Soliman and Perseda(Rose, Bankside).
Antigone runs at Islington’s Hope Theatre from February 23-March 12.