Greek classic gets gangland update for Theatre Royal show

Bafta winner Roy Williams is giving Antigone a gangland reworking

Bafta winner Roy Williams is giving Antigone a gangland reworking - Credit: Archant

Award-winning playwright Roy Williams is bringing his take on Antigone to Stratford.

His version places Sophocles’ Greek classic about loyalty, truth and human behaviour in a modern setting.

“I was intrigued to know if it was possible to set Antigone in a world that I have written about before, i.e the gangster culture that is too often the life of a lot of young people today,” explains Roy Williams. “It has always disturbed me to hear young people say that being in a gang makes them feel powerful.”

The play begins with the emergence of Creon as the new ruler of Thebes after a civil war.

“Creon begins the play feeling all-powerful with his gang running ‘tings’ in Thebes. It is almost like he and others like him have put aside other feelings that make us human,” Roy reveals.


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Theatre Royal at Stratford East will run the play from February 19 to March 14.

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