antigone

writer: SOPHOCLES in a new adaptation by BRENDAN MURRAY / director: MATTHEW PARKER
23 Feb - 12 Mar 2016
7.45pm PLUS Sat Matinees at 2.30pm
£14/£12
Tues to Sat. No shows Sun/Mon.

When the law forbids burying the dead, what man would dare disobey?
No man.
But one woman.
Antigone.

When Antigone goes against the law of the land in burying her brother, she sets in motion a chain of events leading to the shattering of her family and the downfall of the house of Oedipus. Antigone charts one woman’s passionate fight against her oppressors and this new all-female version will be presented by a cast of 5, in a physical, musical and hauntingly beautiful retelling of the classic tale, shining a new light on Sophocles’ depiction of a patriarchal society.

Tales Retold presents a new adaptation by multi-award winning writer Brendan Murray with original choral music by Maria Haik Escudero and directed by The Hope Theatre’s Offie nominated Artistic Director Matthew Parker.

Tales Retold’s recent productions include: Coward (The Nightingale Rooms), Much Ado About Nothing (Rose and Crown), Safer (Tristan Bates Theatre), Snoo Wilson’s More Light (Rose, Bankside) and the UK Premiere of The Tragedy of Soliman and Perseda (Rose, Bankside).

Press for Matthew Parker’s previous productions:

★★★★★ “Mesmerising” Views from the Gods (Lovesong of the Electric Bear. Off West End award nomination BEST DIRECTOR)

★★★★★ “Unmissable”  Everything Theatre (The Cherry Orchard)

★★★★★ “Intoxicating, mind-blowing theatre” What’s On London (A Scent of Flowers)

★★★★★ “Dark, lyrical, and haunting” What’s Peen Seen (A Scent of Flowers)

Box Office opens at 7.00pm. The performance lasts 1 hour without interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME.

The Hope Theatre is above a pub and due to licensing under 18s are not permitted into the building after 7pm. Therefore this production is for over 18s only EXCEPT for the 3 matinee performances on 27 Feb, 5 & 12 March when under 18s can be admitted due to a 2.30pm start time at these 3 performances. 

the wild party

10 - 28 Jan 2017

Grimy Jazz Age masterpiece THE WILD PARTY is the story of vaudeville dancer Queenie and her jealous lover Burrs, and the final fatal party they throw in their seedy apartment.

Jazz standards mingle with syncopated rhymes in this new piece based on the classic poem by Joseph Moncure March.

richard parker

22 & 23 Jan 2017

Two men. One name.
Two men meet on the deck of a ship. Both named Richard Parker. Little do they realise that their coincidental encounter is one piece in a longer chain linking the two individuals to each other. The LONDON PREMIERE of a razor sharp black comedy that builds to an unexpected climax.

strange the road

31 Jan - 18 Feb 2017

STRANGE THE ROAD is a love letter to Chandler set in a noir world sometime between 1933 and 2033.

A love story told by famed storyteller FRENCHIE in the pulp vernacular with its cool style and nihilistic themes.

“You’re gonna lie? Lie BIG..small lies are cheap and help no-one.”

purged

5 - 6 Feb 2017

A few weeks ago, you attempted to stay twenty nine forever.
You failed.
How do you explain the world you are in now? 

An extraordinary chain of memories and associations are explored in this unique solo piece from writer Chris Polites, fusing physical theatre and intimate storytelling.

mouths in a glass

21 - 25 Feb 2017
Mouths In A Glass Monologues is a colourful and at times absurd look into the minds and mouths of a variety of comedy women, including a doll disgruntled at her treatment, a frustrated psycho-therapist, a fragile housewife stuck in the wrong era and a Polish woman searching for sausage…

in other words

28 Feb - 18 Mar 2017

‘We were dancing.
I told a joke, you laughed.
Frank Sinatra was playing’

Join Arthur and Jane, at the beginning, as they tell us their story. IN OTHER WORDS is a heart-warming, intimate, and deeply moving exploration into Alzheimer’s disease and the transformative power of music in our lives.

kicked in the sh*tter

21 Mar - 8 Apr 2017

A new play about mental health in Britain today. Life is pretty sh*t when you’re trapped in a forever darkening world of in-compassionate government policy with no way out. Holding on to each other might be the only thing stopping you drown.

This isn’t poverty porn; there’s nothing sexy about despair.

threads

11 - 29 Apr 2017

It’s been 5 years. Vic’s moved on. Charlie’s a medical mystery. And nothing’s making sense. Held together by their past, torn apart by their present and unsure if there even is a future.

David Lane’s thrilling two-hander explores love, loss and what happens when life goes on, but you can’t.

snapshot

23 May - 10 June 2017

James, a photographer, makes zero money. His partner, Daniel, a banker, makes a lot of money. Frank likes James’ work and wants to give him money, but not for his work… 

Snapshot is a challenging and incisive examination of sexuality, fidelity, and our screwed up relationships in this modern world. 

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