Antigone (London)
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Antigone (London)

Antigone (London) London Reviews and Tickets

(4 Ratings)
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Clever, Relevant, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the Show

A retelling of Sophocles' epic story from Inua Ellams ('Barber Shop Chronicles').

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Show-Score Member Reviews (4)

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117 Reviews | 11 Followers
Intelligent, Epic, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A modern take on a very old play, still felt very relevant today.

Don't see it if You don't like modern adaptations of old plays.

36 Reviews | 0 Followers
Intense, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Modern

See it if You want a modern update on a classic. This all feels very urgent and relevant.

Don't see it if You want the original untouched. Elements of this production also felt a little slow and unnecessary.

19 Reviews | 0 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like modern adaptations of old plays. Enjoy a thought provoking, challenging narrative about the complexity of life in modern Britain.

Don't see it if You don’t like outdoor theatre Read more

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
Memorable, Thought-provoking, Challenging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in justice, race, politics.

Don't see it if You are a purest. This was a great, daring production.

Critic Reviews (9)

The Guardian (UK)
September 11th, 2022

"The production seems unique in how it depicts Islam: it is most contemplative in moments of spiritual ritual, ablution and prayer spoken in Quranic Arabic, which show Islam to be first and foremost a faith – and a beautiful one – over a system of politics or symbol of identity."
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 11th, 2022

"Though there’s a visually incandescent climax, it’s not (yet) fully moving, and there’s way too much faff at the start."
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The Times (UK)
September 12th, 2022

"An update as ambitious as this would have a chance of working if it possessed some measure of plausibility: unlike figures from mythology, modern characters need a hinterland. Sadly, there’s no depth or nuance."
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London Theatre
September 12th, 2022

"The play balances order against chaos and the individual against the state...It’s a shame, then, when the rhetoric devolves into bald-faced placard-waving, no matter how laudable the sentiments expressed."
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The Stage (UK)
September 12th, 2022

"The contemporary relevance is so vigorously and insistently overstated that we lose sight of the story, and the play never achieves the raw, elemental power that tragedy demands."
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Time Out London
September 12th, 2022

" 'Antigone's' tragedy probably won't make you cry, but it might well make you furious."
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The London Evening Standard
September 12th, 2022

"There is something refreshing about seeing these issues - the human consequence of inhumane policies - tackled on stage in such a direct way as well as seeing Muslim prayer and ritual presented with reverence and care."
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September 12th, 2022

"This is a particularly dark offering for a theatre that has historically offered more pastoral fare. Programme diversification is, of course, a good thing but this production probably isn't likely to be one of most visitors' most cherished memories of this wonderful venue."
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