The NTNG participates in the production of ANTIGONE with two actors, part of its manpower. It’s the first time, the three great Greek theatres ‒ the NATIONAL THEATRE OF NORTHERN GREECE, the NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREECE and CYPRUS THEATRE ORGANISATION ‒ collaborate on a production!
Synopsis of the play
The fight for the throne of Thebes between the two sons of Oedipus, Polynices and Eteocles, has ended. The brothers lie dead on the battlefield. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has ordered that Polynices should remain unburied for having fought against his city. However, the dead man’s sister, Antigone, resolves to honour him with a proper burial. She is arrested and brought before Creon, who, in accordance with the law, sentences her to death. The king refuses to change his mind even after the intervention of his own son, Haemon, and orders Antigone to be buried alive in a cave. However, the suffering foreseen by the seer Tiresias will soon become a reality. The king’s show of mercy comes too late to prevent disaster. Antigone has hanged herself in her prison, Haemon has committed suicide, while Creon’s wife, Eurydice, follows her son in killing herself.