A Mercury Production

Antigone - Photo of a girl looking directly to camera with the Antigone title text in front
Show Information
Showing on:
Sat 16 October 2021
Approx. 1hr 15mins (no interval)
Mercury Theatre
Age Guidance:

British Premiere

A city which belongs to just one man is no true city

In a war-torn city, two brothers lie dead: one hailed and buried a hero, the other denounced as a traitor, his body to be displayed as a warning to anyone daring to defy the new leader Creon, who is ruthless in her grip on power.

A grieving, defiant Antigone strikes out against Creon’s brutal regime in a furious act of civil disobedience which will have devastating consequences for them both.

The conflict between these fierce, bold women forces them, and those around them, to question their ideas of family and morality, as well as the nature of justice and leadership.

This modern retelling of the classic Greek tragedy is a powerful thriller whose poetic passion transcends time.

Adapted by Merlynn Tong, after Sophocles had its World Premiere at Queensland Theatre

Post Show Q&A

Join us after the 7.30pm performance on Fri 8 Oct for a 30-minute post-show Q&A session led by Sophie Kabangu.

Sophie, set up and leads Black Lives Matter Colchester. She is a Sociology and Human Rights Undergrad at Essex Uni and her activism has landed her a spot on Amnesty International UK’s Rise Up Programme bringing together human rights defenders from across the country. She will guide the conversation as the cast answer audience questions about the work, the themes of the piece and the creative process.

Content Warning

The show handles sensitive topics including grief, bereavement and suicide. If you think you may be affected by any of these topics please click here for a full plot summary and content warning. Please be aware this document includes multiple spoilers.

The show also features the use of a gun and a loud gunshot can be heard at the end of the show.


We welcome bookings from school and college groups for this show. Our schools rate is £11.50 per ticket, and for every 10 you purchase, you get one free for teachers/assistants. Should you wish to book, please call our friendly ticket sales team on 01206 573948.

Our Creative Engagement team have put together a Resource Pack suitable for KS4 & 5 students, which also includes information about our Greek Theatre workshops which we can schedule to coincide with a performance.

Download our Resource Pack

Antigone - Francesca Amewudah-Rivers Headshot

Francesca Amewudah-Rivers


Emma Dewhurst


Antigone - Wendy Kweh's Headshot

Wendy Kweh


Antigone - Joseph Payne's Headshot

Joseph Payne


Antigone - Adeola Yemitan's headshot

Adeola Yemitan


Antigone - Merlynn Tong's Headshot

Merlynn Tong


Antigone - Dawn Walton OBE Headshot

Dawn Walton OBE


Simon Kenny – Designer

Alex Wardle – Lighting Designer

Mike Winship – Sound Designer

Blasio Kavuma – Composer

Ingrid Mackinnon – Movement Director

Louise Rhoades-Brown – Video Design

Helena Palmer – Casting Director

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