Director Ivo van Hove has just collected awards, praise and a fistful of five-star reviews for his stark production of A View from the Bridge (currently running in London’s West End). One of the aspects that impresses about that production is the way it fuses 1950s domestic drama with Greek tragedy, so hopes will be especially high as van Hove turns his attention to Sophocles’ great drama in a new translation by Anne Carson. In this staging Juliette Binoche plays Antigone, the bereaved sister who defies Creon, King of Thebes, by burying her dead brother against his orders. The conflict between these two stern, impassioned and determined individuals and the fierce ethical argument they conduct remains among the most riveting in drama.
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