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REVIEW: Antigone at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre


It appears currently the go-to choice, is to reimagine a traditional completely, making it as present and topical as potential. Whereas some have faltered previously, some have given a brand new lease of life to the unique. Antigone, the Greek tragedy has executed precisely that. Bringing the unique story to life in outstanding vogue. 

Set each in 2018 and 2022 the story centres round our protagonist Antigone (Zainab Hasan), sister Ismene – Lydia Bakelmun and their battle to coach brother Polyneices (Nadeem Islam) on the difficulties of the world. After an enormous argument, Polyneices leaves (2018) and goes lacking for years till a significant incident (2022) brings him again into their lives. 

Aside from the phrase ‘Antigone’ in inflatable graffiti letters, the stage is naked, a easy but efficient stage design from Leslie Travers that leaves its greatest surprises until the very finish. Glorious choreography from Carrie-Anne Ingrouille makes intelligent use of the staging and provides to the modernisation of the story, highly effective dance breaks emphasise the ability of efficiency. 

As for the present itself, it’s uncooked and impactful. It will get its message throughout in all the correct methods, utilizing the unique components of the Greek tragedy however in a modernised strategy to spotlight the societal points with not solely the play itself however the world we stay in right this moment. A scene the place the politicians discuss concerning the hovering value of dwelling is especially present and thought-provoking. Made much more harrowing when author Inua Ellams mentions he wrote this nearly 5 years in the past. 

The forged all ship standout performances, from the ensemble all through to the primary characters within the story, all of the forged culminate to create a well-told story on stage. Zainab Hasan is great as Antigone. A girl pained by society, she is a pleasure to observe as she struggles to return to grips with the societal collapse round her. Using signal language between the siblings every time Nadeem Islam is on stage is a stunning use of Inclusion. 


There are similarities with this to that of Cyrano De Bergerac, what with the rapped poetry and spoken verses, although make no mistake and take nothing away from this, it’s a complete present altogether, it’s not Cyrano the identify we’re leaving and speaking about, however Antigone. 

Director Max Webster has created an exquisite interpretation of a traditional and leaves the door extensive open for rather more to comply with within the footsteps of this nice present and reinvent the wheel on the traditional tales from way back. 


Evaluate by George Butler


Ranking: ★★★★

Seat: E33 | Value of Ticket: £45.00

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