One of the great classics of Western theatre, Antigone, is given a new production at the Olivier theatre by one of Britain’s top young directors, Polly Findlay.
Thebes is a city torn by civil war, threatening to implode. Antigone’s brothers stood on opposing sides and both now lie dead. Creon, in a bid to control the city, declares honours on one and shame on the other, denying him the right to a burial. Antigone is outraged and defies Creon’s edict. But when her treachery is discovered Creon condemns her to a slow, dark death.
With Antigone beneath the ground and her brother’s corpse above, the people grow wary. The people daren’t object but the prophet Teiresias warns that this tyranny will anger the gods.
Creon hesitates and his fate is sealed.
Cast & Creatives
- Christopher Eccleston, Jodie Whittaker, Zoe Aldrich, Jamie Ballard, Jason Cheater, Stavros Demetraki, Jo Dockery, Paul Dodds, Michael Grady-Hall, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Luke Newberry, Luke Norris, Annabel Scholey
- Translated by
- Don Taylor
- Polly Findlay
- National Theatre
- Lighting Designer
- Mark Henderson
- Movement Director
- Aline David
National Theatre Olivier
- South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX
- 020 7452 3000
- Official site
- Nearest tube
- Waterloo (250m), Southwark
- Nearest bus
- 76, 77, 211, 507, D1, D11, P11 (York Road)149, P11 (Stamford Street)1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 (Waterloo Bridge)
- Nearest train
- Waterloo (approx. 250m)
5 spaces reserved for orange badge holders at riverside end of Cottesloe Ave. 4 extra bays opposite Cottesloe theatre for evening performances. Car Park beneath theatre. Spaces reserved for disabled customers near lifts. Free parking voucher available from box office for orange badge holders (present ticket at information desk). Automatic doors and ramps from the Car Park to the lobby and lift.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
- How to book
- Tel 020 7452 3000 Information Desk 020 7452 3400
- Discounts available for all disabled people.
- Limited mobility
- Please ask to be seated in an aisle seat in the centre Stalls when you book.
- Access description
- Main entrance reached from Upper Ground via Theatre Avenue to Theatre Square and a drop off point approx. 40m from main entrance. Lifts up to the Olivier Theatre to right of information desk (to both Stalls and Circle levels) or staircases further in on each side (49 steps to Stalls, further 44 to Circle). Olivier Box office on level 2. No steps to the back of the Stalls, 10 steps up to raised sections. Centre Stalls auditorium has gradual shallow steps with a handrail on aisles 2 and 4. Lift to row G of Circle and 18 steps down to the front. Power assisted doors and ramps to terraces from Level 2.
- Hearing impaired
- Infra-red system with headsets or neck loops. Collect headsets/loops from box offices. Induction loops at service counters.
- Guide dogs policy
- Guide dogs are not currently allowed in the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog sit. Dogs will be looked after in the cloakroom. Groups should contact the theatre manager’s office on 020 7452 3281.
- Lift to the Olivier Stalls. 3 spaces for wheelchair users in row R. A companion can sit next to the left-hand space in row R, or in the row. Transfer seating is available to aisle seats - wheelchairs stored at back of auditorium.
- Women’s and men’s at Stalls and Circle levels.
- Disabled toilets
- Adapted WC on the left side of the Stalls corridor.
- 6 licensed bars. Access information: No steps to the Olivier Stalls and Circle bars (spacious, moveable seats) from the lifts. Soft drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Chair lift down a flight of steps to the Circle café from level 3 - contact a member of staff for assistance. The menu is available in large print.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens