Binoche back on stage with Antigone

Congleton Guardian: Juliette Binoche is to return to the London stage Juliette Binoche is to return to the London stage

Juliette Binoche is to return to the UK stage to star in a new adaptation of the Greek tragedy Antigone.

The Oscar-winning French actress will perform at the Barbican in London - where she starred in Mademoiselle Julie two years ago - as well as taking the production to the Edinburgh International Festival.

Binoche, who took the best supporting actress Oscar for The English Patient in 1997, will appear in the production next year.

She made her London debut in 1998, appearing at London's Almeida Theatre in the play Naked and in 2008 she was in a dance production choreographed by Akram Khan at the National Theatre.

It will be directed by Belgian Ivo van Hove, who will present a new translation by poet Anne Carson.

Van Hove said: "While searching for a play for our first collaboration, Juliette and I very quickly agreed that Antigone would be the right artistic challenge for both of us. The play itself has the explosiveness of a nuclear bomb.

"It deals with all possible relationships: man against woman, political against ethical leadership, the laws of society against the right of the individual, family and its unbreakable blood ties."

Toni Racklin, the Barbican's head of theatre, said: "We are thrilled to be co-producing Antigone and presenting this new production here at the Barbican and taking it to stages around the world. Antigone illustrates how a major new production can be realised through our strong relationships with global partners."

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