Greek classic "Antigone" to be staged in modern adaptation
Theatre du Pif will present "Antigone" in the dramatic adaptation by the great 20th century French playwright Jean Anouilh. Renowned Canadian director Jovanni Sy and experienced actors Bonni Chan and Lee Chun-chow playing the roles of Antigone and Creon respectively will venture out on a pain and grief-filled journey to fight for their beliefs.
Sophocles' ancient Greek tragedy "Antigone" is one of the most sharply individualised and compelling figures in Western drama. In 1940, Jean Anouilh adapted it and the adapted version has also become a classic in its own right.
After Antigone's brother leads a failed civil uprising, she is forbidden to bury his body by the ruler, Creon. Her decision to risk execution and bury him forces those around her to decide whether personal principles are more important than public duty.
The girl dared to say no.
Other performers include Sean Curran, Suen Wai-fong, Victor Pang, Melissa Leung, Chan Kwun-yee, Krissy Lam, João Pamplona and Alexandre Cerda. The programme will be performed in English with Chinese subtitles.
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), "Antigone" by Theatre du Pif will be at 8pm from July 30 to August 1 (Thursday to Saturday), at 3pm on August 1 (Saturday) and at 5pm on August 2 (Sunday) at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $120 and $180 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). Group booking discount is available, please refer to programme leaflet for details.
For programme enquiries, call 2268 7325 (LCSD) or 2904 2030 (Theatre du Pif); for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit www.urbtix.hk; for more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp or www.thtdupif.com (Theatre du Pif).
A free lecture demonstration, conducted by director Jovanni Sy and actors Bonni Chan and Sean Curran in English and Cantonese, will be held at 7.30pm on July 18 (Saturday) at GR3, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Limited seats are available, interested parties please call 2268 7325 for reservation.
Ends/Thursday, June 25, 2009