By Jean Anouilh
Playing Up Theatre Company has built a successful reputation for delivering powerful and challenging theatre in Bath and the South West. In ten years it has produced the work of world renowned playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson to enormous critical acclaim. On occasion they have produced stunning versions of First World War dramas such as R.C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End and Peter Whelan’s The Accrington Pals. Recently The Bath Chronicle dubbed them, “One of the city’s best theatre companies.” Now this Bath based company is turning its attention to the Second World War, or rather to a 1940s adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy.
In 1944, in German occupied Paris, France’s greatest dramatist since Moliere, Jean Anouilh, adapted and revised Sophocles’ tragedy about the death of a Theban princess. The German censor passed the play for performance, seeing it perhaps as an apology for authoritarian rule, but Antigone’s intransigence soon became an inspiration for the Résistance. The play was transferred to London in 1949 with Vivien Leigh as Antigone and Laurence Olivier as Chorus.
This is a play with lots of questions, but no easy answers. Where do you stand on the rights of the individual conscience, on civil disobedience versus the primacy of national security? Come and see Playing Up’s vibrant and challenging production of Anouilh’s masterpiece to find out – but you may just have changed your mind by the end of the evening….
Antigone is being performed from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd February 2014. Performances start at 8:00pm and tickets are available from Bath Festivals Box Office on 01225 463362. For more information go to www.playing-up.co.uk