Classic Antigone updated in Roy Williams adaptation at Watford Palace Theatre

Antigone. Photo by Robert Day
Antigone. Photo by Robert Day

Writer Roy Williams has taken Sophocles classic play, Antigoneand transformed it, using modern language and setting the drama in a contemporary world of gang culture and nightclubs.

What happens when one person stands against the rules? How do we make meaning out of life and death? And what, in the end, really matters?

The co-production of Antigone, from Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East comes to Watford Palace Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday,

Williams (Kingston 14, Sucker Punch) brings ancient Greece into the 21st Century, reinforcing the story’s ongoing relevance and vitality.

The playwright, known for creating urban stories about the lives of young people, most of whom are lured into the life of crime, said: “Antigone has always been one of my favourite Greek plays.

“It was one of those plays that I always knew how I would do it, if I ever got my hands on it.

“I just had a strong sense of where I would place it and how I would make it relevant. Antigone has a lot to say about today.

“It’s called Antigone, but I think it is just as much the story of Creon and about power and identity, and about how power can corrupt.”

When Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone’s unruly brother, her anger quickly turns to defiance.

In an attempt to retain control, Creon condemns her to a torturous death – she’s to be buried alive…

The cast of nine actors features ex-EastEnders Mark Monero as Creo.

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