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The Antigone


  • Playwright

    Aidan Mathews 

  • Author Notes

    Idea and prologue by Bronwen Casson and Michael Scott.
  • Synopsis

    Thebes has endured a ruinous civil war as a result of the rivalry between two brothers - Polyneices and Eteocles. Each sought absolute power at the other's expense and each found death at his brother's hand. Creon, ruler and uncle of the two dead warlords, issues an edict that Eteocles be buried with military honours and that Polyneices be denied a final resting place. He makes a proclamation that anyone found burying Polyneices will be put to death. Antigone, sister of the two dead brothers, is prepared to pay that price. She is caught red-handed and sentenced to death by live entombment. She takes her own life and Haemon, her lover, crazed by her death, falls on his sword beside her.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Creon David Heap
Antigone Olwen Fouéré
Haemon Paul Raynor
Chora Susie Kennedy
Ismene Fidelma O'Dowda
Chorus Gerard Mannix Flynn
Guard Nigel Mercier
Production Team  
Director Michael Scott (2)
Designer Barbara Bradshaw
Designer Brian Power
Lighting Designer Michael Scott (2)
Music and Sound by Michael Scott (2)
Stage Manager Frank Mooney
Lighting Technician Greg Kyle
Photography Amelia Stein

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    A.P. Watt Ltd.

  • Address

    20 John Street
    London WC1N 2DR

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7405 6774

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.