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Greek tragedy updated at Shakespeare's Globe

Published: Friday 10th of October 2008

An operatic reworking of the Greek tragic play Antigone is to receive its world premiere at Shakespeare's Globe this Saturday.

Burial at Thebes, by Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, took its inspirations from Greek writer Sophocles' original. This latest version sets the text in an "ailing South American republic", giving contemporary resonance to its timeless themes of honour and betrayal.

The director, Derek Walcott, hails from the Caribbean island of St Lucia and made his name with his innovative style. He has lauded the work by the Irish writer for its plain speaking style.

"I took it on because I want to see poetry in the theatre," says Mr. Walcott. "We don't have it any more."

Aside from hosting significant dramatic performances, Shakespeare's Globe is also a fascinating visitor attraction, rich with the history and heritage of a writer who is widely-regarded as the finest who ever lived.

Visitors to the Globe can enjoy free entry to the Theatre Tour and Exhibition, a saving of £10.50 off the adult price and £6.50 off the child's rate when they show their LondonPass.

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