Saturday, 11 February 2017

Preview: Antigone at Newcastle People’s Theatre

“All you can do, for all your crown and your trappings and your guards, all that you can do is have me killed.”

by Jean Anouilh, translated by Lewis Galantiere
Newcastle People’s Theatre
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th February 2017

Jean Anouilh wrote his re-imagining of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy in 1944 at the height of the Nazi occupation of France.

The resulting drama is a heartfelt rebel-yell of defiance, exposing the emptiness and inhumanity of totalitarian regimes.

Transformed by Anouilh into a freedom fighter of the French Resistance, the eponymous heroine becomes a living, vibrant, and enduring metaphor for the struggle against fascism.

In our production, we have moved the action even further into the present: this compelling analysis of political power and rebellion is as relevant today as it ever was.

Antigone - Photo: Paula Smart.
A glance at the TV news shows the ever-present danger of 21st century democracies ignoring the lessons of history and sliding backwards towards darker days.

We are proud to give a rare outing to this thoughtful exploration of how to maintain integrity in a world of moral compromise.

This translation by Lewis Galantiere treads a fine line between the artificial and the naturalistic, making good use of modern idioms whilst never forgetting the poetic roots of the text.

Special note:
Customers are advised that this production is being performed in the round, with the performance and the audience’s seats all on the Main Stage. Seating is unallocated, and due to the layout of the seating latecomers will not be admitted.
Antigone will be performed at The People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February 2017 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £13.50 (Concessions £11) and can be bought from the Box Office: 0191 265 5020 or online at

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