Wed, 22 Jun

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Greenwood Theatre

KCL Greek Play 2022

The Plague at Thebes, a dynamic reworking of Sophocles’ Antigone and Oedipus The King, 22nd - 24th June (various times)

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KCL Greek Play 2022

Time & Location

22 Jun, 14:30 BST – 24 Jun, 19:00 BST

Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston St, London SE1 3RA, UK

About the event

Antigone is on trial. She has defied King Creon’s edict and secretly offered funeral rites to her dead brother Polynices. As she awaits her fate she relives her family’s recent history, slowly unravelling the violent and incestuous cycle of the House of Cadmus. Telling the mythical story of Oedipus from the perspective of his courageous daughter Antigone, the King’s Greek Play 2022 examines how our history can shape our actions and beliefs, as well as reflecting upon the unexpected ways in which the present moment might shape the lives of future generations.

Created by current King’s College London students, The Plague at Thebes offers a contemporary response to Sophocles’ plays. This continues King's College London’s recent history of pushing the boundaries and conventions of the Greek Play to explore how contemporary performance of Greek drama can help us engage with the fraught times in which we find ourselves living. The performance will incorporate original ancient Greek text and new writing in order to present a work that speaks to the social and political consequences of an unprecedented pandemic, civil disobedience, and the place and responsibility of an individual within society.

This year’s play will again be ideal for those studying Classical Civilisation – Oedipus the King is a prescribed text for the OCR A level syllabus – as well as students taking Classics, Drama, and English.

The play will be performed at the Greenwood Theatre, London Bridge (SE1 3RA) from 22-24 June 2022 (19.00 nightly with 14.30 matinées on the 22 and 24). Evening performances will be preceded by pre-show events at 18.00 featuring leading scholars; these are free to ticket holders for the subsequent performance.

Tickets are now available for schools and other educational groups. Teachers accompanying all educational groups receive complimentary tickets; booking enquiries for educational groups should be sent to greekplay@kcl.ac.uk - this email address is monitored and checked regularly.  Tickets can also be booked through this page, but it is better to email the above email address for group bookings for schools.

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