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Antigone: The Burial at Thebes

April 18 - May 16, 2020

Sophocles' play is one of the most enduring texts in the history of western literary, philosophical and political consciousness

The Guardian

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Fate, free will, rule and order collide

Celebrated Irish theatre maker Rachel O' Riordan celebrates her inaugural season as the new artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith with a groundbreaking series of thought-provoking and highly entertaining productions. Things take a turn for the epic during emerging young British theatre director Roy Alexander Weise's adaptation of Antigone: the Burial at Thebes, which features a chorus of youth performers from the Lyric Ensemble. 

The sweeping production takes poet laureate Seamus Heaney's translation of Sophocles' classic Greek Tragedy and transforms it into immediate, heart-pounding drama. Set during the aftermath of a civil war in which the two sons of Oedipus, Eostecles and Polyneices have fought died on opposing sides, protagonist Antigone takes matters into her own hands and buries her ostracised brother Polyneices, directly contradicting King Creon's decree and sealing her own fate. 

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Opening night: 18 April 2020

Cast and Creative


Yusra Warsama as Antigone
Babirye Bukilwa as Ismene
Nick Fletcher
Ruth Redman 
Kwong Loke
Alexander Campbell
Simon de Deney
Pascale Kann
Jessica Mannion
Ethan Peters
Caleb Rowan
Westerfield Shoderu


Directed by Roy Alexander Weise
Design by Lily Arnold
Lightning design by Amy Mae
Sound design by Donato Wharton 
Casting by Isabella Odoffin

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