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Juliette Binoche As Modern ‘Antigone’ On BBC

Ivo van Hove, "Antigone", Juliette Binoche, credit Peter Lindbergh
Juliette Binoche as “Antigone”, credit Peter Lindbergh

Later this spring, BBC Four British television channel plans to broadcast the magnificent Greek masterpiece of  Sophocles’ “Antigone,” opened at London’s Barbican Theatre on March 5. The play, which is already sold out, features the BAFTA and Academy Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche taking the lead role of the tragic figure of Antigone, who chose to collide with her own uncle’s political power to pay proper respects to her dead brother Polynices.

In the delicate new translation of “Antigone” by the “TS Eliot Prize”-winning poet Anne Carson, the audience will have the opportunity to travel in an odd world of gloomy aesthetics while being challenged to face classic yet timely philosophical questions about love, family and political arrogance.

“We are delighted to be working with the BBC to bring a televised version of our production of Antigone to BBC Four audiences this spring. This has been a unique collaboration, with both organizations working closely together to realize two visions of the production – on stage and on screen. This ground-breaking collaboration means that the production will reach an even wider audience, supporting our mission to inspire more people to discover and love the arts,”  the Head of the Barbican Theatre, Toni Racklin, said.

Worldwide fans of Juliette Binoche, the French actress known for her great artistic success in films, such as “The English Patient” and “Chocolat,” are already excited to watch her in this unusual production as “Antigone” under the directions of Ivo Van Hove on BBC Arts, as part of its “The Age Of Heroes: Ancient Greece Uncovered season.”

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