Greek classic is updated at Derby Theatre

A new version of the Greek classic Antigone is to be performed at Derby Theatre from September 19-October 14.

It is being presented by Pilot Theatre in partnership with Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Brought bang up to date by writer Roy Williams, and directed by Pilot Theatre’s artistic director, Marcus Romer, Antigone will premiere at Derby Theatre and then tour until November 29. The tour will re-start in February 2015 at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Sophocles’ Antigone is given a contemporary retelling, reinforcing the tale’s relevance and vitality.

When Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone’s unruly brother, her anger quickly turns to defiance. Creon condemns her to a torturous death - she’s to be buried alive.

This is a timeless story about loyalty and truth, human nature and human behaviour. What happens when one person stands up against the rules? How do we make meaning out of life and death and what, in the end, really matters?

Playwright Roy Williams said on adapting the classic Greek play: “I was intrigued to know if it was possible to set Antigone in a world that I have written about before, i.e. the gangster culture that is too often the life of a lot of young people today.”

Suitable for those aged 14 and over, tickets for Antigone are £10.50-£25.50. For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939.