OU Lecturer helps National Theatre in Antigone production

Antigone
by Sophocles
in a version by Don Taylor, at the National Theatre

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.

Antigone opens 29 May and runs until 21 July 2012 http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=69357

Jodie Whittaker talked to BBC arts correspondent Tim Masters last month to discuss her debut at the National Theatre, where she plays the lead role Antigone opposite Christopher Eccleston as Creon, the ruler of Thebes:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17708289.

BBC Radio 3 presenter Philip Dodd broadcasts a 45 minute programme Wednesday (30 May) at 10pm on Antigone: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01j291n.

Laura Swift, Lecturer in Classical Studies at The Open University has been acting as academic consultant for the production at the National Theatre.  She gave a presentation and a Q&A session for the actors about the myth of Antigone and ancient Thebes, and answered general questions about their characters and the ancient world and how myths work in ancient texts.  She has also written programme notes on Antigone in the popular imagination in antiquity and modernity.

Interested in the Classics; try the free Introducing the Classical world in OpenLearn.  This unit aims to get you started on exploring the Classical world by introducing you to the sources upon which you can build your knowledge and understanding. The unit also gets you started on an exploration of both time and space in the Classical world.

This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course Exploring the classical world (A219).

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