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Antigone review – a poetic tragedy about modern British Muslim life
Inua Ellams updates the Sophoclean drama into a beguiling piece about faith and prejudice, and casts a suspicious eye at politicians who betray their own communities

Arifa Akbar

11, Sep, 2022 @11:57 AM

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Home Office policies take centre stage in modern-day Antigone adaptation
Inua Ellams adaptation nods to Shamima Begum, stop and search, Prevent programme and police surveillance

Amelia Gentleman

09, Sep, 2022 @11:57 AM

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Antigone review – an explosive hour of fireworks
The music and visual effects dazzle in this 2018 update of Sophocles’ tragedy from the Classical Theatre of Harlem

Arifa Akbar

19, May, 2022 @2:00 PM

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X’ntigone review – culture wars rage before Freedom Day in Thebes
The political intrigues muddy the drama of conscience but this is a sleek futuristic staging of Sophocles’ tragedy, adapted by Darren Murphy

Helen Meany

18, Mar, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Aaliyah: After Antigone review – Sophocles’s moral dilemmas play out in Bradford
Struggling zero-hours sisters risk everything as Kamal Kaan’s angsty play transplants the action from Ancient Greece

Mark Fisher

11, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Antigone review – gender switch sparks striking take on Sophocles
Wendy Kweh plays Creon as a politically minded queen in Merlynn Tong’s adaptation steeped in grief and decay

Chris Wiegand

08, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Age of Antigone: Sophocles’s arresting tale of the debt we owe the dead
With three new versions on stage this month, the ancient Greek classic – and its reflections on authority and devotion – remains as compelling as ever

Michael Billington

04, Oct, 2021 @8:28 AM

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The week in theatre: Paradise; 2:22: A Ghost Story – review
Lesley Sharp is magnetic in Kae Tempest’s ferocious reworking of Sophocles, while Lily Allen makes a spookily quiet West End debut

Susannah Clapp

15, Aug, 2021 @9:30 AM

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‘The best summer of my life’ – Kae Tempest takes Sophocles on a gender odyssey
The writer has turned a Greek tragedy about a marooned soldier into an all-women play for the Covid era. They reveal how its creation mirrored their own journey

Kate Wyver

05, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Six of the best plays about confinement | Michael Billington
Dramatists have long focused on the agonies and irritations of self-imposed or enforced isolation

Michael Billington

03, Apr, 2020 @5:00 AM

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The Antigone uprising: gilets jaunes and Catalan protests spark new myth
A new version of Sophocles’ tragedy draws on the political turbulence in the home countries of its choreographer and performer

Róisín O'Brien

10, Feb, 2020 @4:02 PM

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Antigone review – a mesmerising tragedy with sisterhood at heart
Superb performances by Annabel Baldwin and Rachel Hosker capture the intimacy and grief of this fearlessly revisionist retelling of Sophocles’ drama

Arifa Akbar

13, Jan, 2020 @11:38 AM

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