Antigone - Olivier Theatre, National

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Venue Information
Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat


The Olivier National Theatre welcomes Christopher Eccleston and Jodie Whitaker to its stage from May to June 2012 as a new production of “Antigone” arrives under the direction of Polly Findlay. The Sophocles classic has been translated by the American actor and director Don Taylor for this production and with a star cast helping it land in the spotlight it should have little trouble attracting a sizable London theatre audience when it appears on South Bank in May.

In addition to Eccleston and Whitaker, the cast of “Antigone” also includes Zoë Aldrich, Jamie Ballard, Stavros Demetraki, Paul Dodds, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Luke Newberry and Luke Norris.

In “Antigone” we are introduced to the tyrant Creon (Eccleston), who orders that his niece, Antigone (Whitaker), be buried alive The young woman had a brother who was recently killed and, against this backdrop of civil war, Creon refused to bury his body. So when Antigone goes against his wishes she is condemned and whilst few will speak out against it the process angers the Gods.

Penned in 442BC, “Antigone” deals with the Theban legend that is explored in various works known as the Theban plays. As such, the Sophocles tragedy has been experienced throughout the ages and is now brought back to life under the watch of writer Don Taylor and director Polly Findlay.

Christopher Eccleston has appeared in various plays over the years, though most will be more familiar with his screen work, which has seen him appear in television and movies. He was the ninth actor to portray The Doctor in the hit television series “Doctor Who” back in 2005 and he has also appeared in films like “28 Days Later”, “Gone in Sixty Seconds” and, more recently, “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra”. His theatre work includes “A Doll’s House” at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Gillian Anderson and Toby Stephens, “Miss Julie” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and “Abingdon Square” at the National Theatre.

Meanwhile, Jodie Whitaker has appeared in the likes of “Awake and Sing” at the Almeida Theatre and “A Gaggle of Saints” at Trafalgar Studios.

“Antigone” appears at the Olivier National Theatre during the same period as “Collaborators” from Wednesday 30th May 2012 (previews from Wednesday 23rd May 2012) to Wednesday 20th June 2012.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
Booking Until: Saturday, 21st July 2012
Matinees: Tuesday and Saturday 2pm, Sunday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Show Status: production_closed
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