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Greek classic’s urban makeover heads to Stratford

PUBLISHED: 16:32 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 10 February 2015

Gamba Cole and Savannah Gordon Liburd in Antigone

Gamba Cole and Savannah Gordon Liburd in Antigone

Robert Day

An acclaimed greek classic will be given an urban makeover when it heads down to Stratford this month.

Bafta-winning playwright, Roy Williams, is returning to the Theatre Royal with his contemporary take on Antigone - a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles.

The play centres around the story of a young girl who defies her uncle after he refuses to bury her unruly dead brother.

The classic, which explores themes of loyalty, courage and relationships, will come to life in a modern setting with actors including Savannah Gordon-Liburd and Mark Monero taking lead roles.

Roy, who was awarded 
an Order of the British Empire in 2008, said: “This version of the play will be able to appeal to all age groups.

“There are so many people out there who do not stand up for themselves and what they believe in.

“The character shows courage by being in the minority and sticking to her beliefs by going against her uncle and the ruler of Thebes, Creon.

“In reality today, not many people speak out and show that kind of courage but this play relays a message that you can.

“We all wish we can have a bit of Antigone in us and this is one of the reasons why I chose to do this play.”

Savannah, who will take the lead role, is excited to be playing such a famous role.

She said: “She is brave and loyal with a big heart and strong beliefs. She’s been through a lot but is still extremely strong and proud of who she is and where she’s come from. She’s what heroines are made of.”

The play has been touring the country but the actress admits she is nervous to be performing in Stratford this month.

“I’m super excited and super nervous at the same time.,” Savannah said. “It means performing at home in front of friends and family in a place you’d pass on a normal day.

“This play is something a London audience will definitely 
get.”

Acclaimed playwright Roy is also excited to bring this show to the Theatre Royal.

He said: “I have a special relationship with the theatre.

“I did my research play here and the work they do here is great and I’m glad to be bringing Antigone here.”

The play will be performed between February 19 and March 14. Tickets cost between £8 and £22.50. Visit stratfordeast.com/antigone for more information.


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