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Antigone by Roy Williams at Canterbury's Gulbenkian Theatre will star ex-EastEnder Mark Monero

A new version of Antigone re-imagines Sophocles’ tale about loyalty and truth, human nature and human behavior in a contemporary setting.

The adaptation by award-winning playwright Roy Williams has created a new piece of theatre that will reverberate with today’s audiences.

Mark Monero, second from left, stars in Antigone
Mark Monero, second from left, stars in Antigone

On adapting the classic Greek play, Roy said: “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.

“It has always disturbed me to hear young people say that being in a gang makes them feel powerful. But as we all know power does corrupt. Creon begins the play feeling all-powerful with his gang running ‘tings’ in Thebes. It is almost like he and others like him, have put aside other feelings that make us human, like love and fear, in favour of a ‘live fast, die young’ mentality.”

The play stars Mark Monero, who played Steve Elliot in EastEnders for several years in the 1990s.

Antigone is now at Canterbury’s Gulbenkian Theatre until Saturday, November 15 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £8. Visit www.thegulbenkian.co.uk or call 01227 769075.

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