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The Burial at Thebes


  • Playwright

    Seamus Heaney 

  • Adapted / Translated From


  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the original play 'Antigone' by Sophocles.
  • Synopsis

    In The Burial at Thebes, a young woman defies the law of the king with violent and tragic consequences. This version of Sophocles' original play 'Antigone' explores the dangers of pride and absolute belief regardless of personal, political and moral consequences especially in the eternal struggle between the individual and the state, between conscience and society and between divine law and human law.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production, the part of Tiresias' Boy was played on alternate nights by two actors

Original Production

Original Cast  
Eurydice Cathy Belton
Tiresias' Boy Alan McMahon(2)
Guard Aidan Kelly
Messenger of the Palace Aaron Monaghan
Antigone Ruth Negga
Creon Lorcan Cranitch
Chorus Barry McGovern
Tiresias Stephen Brennan (1)
Creon's Guard Mark D'Aughton
Haemon Owen McDonnell
Ismene Kelly Campbell
Chorus Garrett Keogh
Tiresias' Boy William O'Sullivan
Production Team  
Director Lorraine Pintal
Set Designer Carl Fillion
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Eddie Breslin
Assistant Director Laurent Salaun
Stage Director John Stapleton
Assistant Stage Manager Marella Boschi
Assistant Stage Manager Stephen Dempsey
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
PR Gerry Lundberg
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Casting Marie Kelly (1)
Programme Zeus Creative Consultants

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Faber and Faber

  • Address

    74-77 Great Russell Street
    London WC1B 3DA

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7465 0045

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Source Of Information

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