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. 

steel magnolias

9 Aug - 3 Sept 2016 at 7.45pm + Matinees

The bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength. By turns hilarious and poignant, Steel Magnolias is a heart warming portrait of friendship and love.

two short plays about gays

6 - 24 Sept 2016

Middle Aged Rent: A teenager is lost in Eighties London, long before Facebook & Grindr.
The Diva Drag: A mother and son battle it out with humour, fury and passion in this bitter sweet story of love and (possible) reconciliation.
Featuring Louise Jameson & Gregory Ashton

the breaks in you and i

11 - 19 Sept 2016

Chloe sleeps spread out like a starfish every night. Her life is full of yoga, wine and definitely not missing Joanna. Joanna hasn’t changed her pants in ten days, because she can’t work out how to use the washing machine. Oh, and she’s starting to suspect Chloe’s controlling her mind. A grotesquely comic account of breaking up.

the we plays

27 Sept - 15 Oct 2016

He’s in Cyprus following a bitter breakup, waiting for one perfect sunset. She’s Irn Pru, dashing through Glasgow, desperately desiring a job. A double bill of monologues about loss, love & life. No matter where we come from. From the Off-West End Award nominated writer of The Me Plays and IN/OUT (A Feeling).

lost souls and lunatics

2, 3, 9 & 10 Oct

Memories of an ex-docker poet. Recovering alcoholic. A thief for the Krays.  Glassed by one of Francis Bacon’s lovers in the Colony Rooms.  Not just another story of jellied eels, The Blitz and West Ham home wins but a man trying to make sense of a life not lived well.

the house of usher

18 Oct - 5 Nov 2016

A brand new gothic musical thriller.
“What was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?” Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic masterpiece is brought to life in this brand new musical thriller. Don’t miss this Halloween spectacular premiering at The Hope Theatre this October.
All shall fall.

the worst was this

8 - 26 Nov 2016

In a pub, three sisters run a gruesome post-apocalyptic black market business. Will, a beautiful young actor wanders into the sisters’ den to meet with Chris, a disfigured poet. Wild Goose Chase presents a classic Shakespearian love triangle where hearts are shredded, both figuratively and literally…

her aching heart

29 Nov - 23 Dec 2016

Grab a bonnet, lace up your corset, and prepare to swoon, as this tongue-in-cheek musical whirlwind sweeps you headlong into a gorgeous parody of the best in bonkbusting romance replete with murder, elopement and heaving bosoms a-plenty as the dazzling array of characters’ passionate entanglements gradually draw together the two women who play them all.

booking:
telephone bookings:
0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)