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. 

sea life

24 May - 11 Jun 2016

As their sleepy seaside town slips slowly into the sea, Bob, Bob and Eddie are trying to save their neighbours from ending up at the bottom of the ocean. The only thing is, their neighbours are already six feet under.
Sea Life is a dark comedy set on the crumbling shores of England, where keeping a tight grip on past and present is as hard as holding back the rising tide.

cain

5 - 6 June 2016

A world untouched by death. Cain, a governmental minister, stands for order: for peace. His brother Abel spreads radical beliefs, threatening to bring death into the world. Lucifer offers Cain a brilliant journey and a fatal choice. A re-telling of the first killing, created by Blue Guitar with extracts from Lord Byron.

piece of silk

14 June - 2 July

“You’ll f**k us, but you hate us, right? Especially if we’re ‘other’”
Shaz, 19, has 1,213 followers on Vimeo, ‘Shaggytales’. Sister Dunya, 17, drums, shouts but doesn’t leave the house. They’ve never met their older brother from overseas, who comes to keep an eye while mum’s away. He has only their best interests at heart.
So why do they fear for their lives?

beetles from the west

5 - 23 July 2016

How do you cope when everything you’ve known starts falling away?
Boyd grew up with his father by his side, a constant lovable force of energy that sheltered him and kept him on the right path. When his father is taken ill and things change, Boyd must face a new world, one that’s full of doubts and uncertainty, alone

love and all that cr@p

10 & 11 July 2016

“And they all lived Happily Ever After”… Bullsh*t!  Follow a young man on his search to find true love and experience a cabaret of song, poetry and hilarity in an embarrassingly true story about love and all its unsaid difficulties.

macbeths

26 Jul - 3 Aug

This is a story of love.
And obsession.
In their bedroom a couple are at their most exposed and vulnerable. Sit, invisible. Watch them. Rediscover this legendary relationship through a more focussed – or more distorted – lens.
Holding each other together can be the same as tearing each other apart.

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 Nineties 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 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).

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)