in a version by Don Taylor
Desperate to gain control over a city ravaged by civil war, Creon refuses to bury the body of
Antigone’s rebellious brother. Outraged, she defies his edict. Creon condemns the young woman, his niece, to be buried alive.
He can’t forbid me to love my brother. He has neither the right, nor the power, to do that.
The people daren’t object but the prophet Teiresias warns that this tyranny will anger the
gods: the rotting corpse is polluting the city.
There is no gag like terror, is there, gentlemen?
Creon hesitates and his fate is sealed.
The gods never move faster than when punishing men with the consequences of their own actions.
Jodie Whittaker plays Antigone and Christopher Eccleston, Creon.
Booking opens as follows:
Supporting Cast: 1 Feb
Priority Members: 3 Feb
Advance Members: 8 Feb
NT News subscribers: 14 Feb
General public: 15 Feb
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Doctor Who rematerialises at the National
Christopher Eccleston has been persuaded to rejoin the National Theatre after an absence of more than two decades.
The actor, who starred as a sophisticated drug smuggler in TV drama The Shadow Line and once upon a time played Doctor Who, will appear as Creon,
opposite Jodie Whittaker in the title role of Antigone. Polly Findlay will direct them on the National’s Olivier stage from May 23.
Eccleston last performed at the National in the plays Bent and Abingdon Square.
He also appears with Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton in Paul Andrew Williams’s film Song For Marion.
And Harvey Weinstein rates highly enough to want to put it up for consideration in the next awards season — which starts all over again in September.