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Greek Play 2019 - Sophocles' Antigone


The sixty-sixth annual Greek Play will be Sophocles' Antigone, directed by Helena Ramsay (third year BA Classical Studies)

"You went to the extreme of daring
And against the high throne of Justice
You fell" 

Following a bloody but unsuccessful coup, Antigone’s brother lies dead, his body denied burial by decree of Thebes’ ruler Creon. Faced with a choice between honouring her family or obeying the law, Antigone rebels - setting in motion a series of events that threaten to divide the newly peaceful city.

KCL brings Sophocles’ thrilling exploration of resistance and responsibility to life in a daring new production. Ancient questions are re-framed for the twenty-first century: when personal values clash with the government, is duty to your beliefs or to the sanctity of the law more important? How acceptable is civil disobedience against an unchecked power? These questions play out in this battle of the individual against the state, staged under the relentless scrutiny of twenty four hour news. Following the success of last year’s acclaimed production of Medea, which played to over a thousand audience members across its run, the 2019 Greek Play celebrates another defiant woman of Greek tragedy and will again be performed in a combination of ancient Greek and English.

The play will be performed at the Greenwood Theatre (55 Weston Street, SE1 3RA) on the following dates and times:

13 February - 2.30pm and 7pm
14 February - 7pm
15 February - 2.30pm and 7pm

There will be pre-show talks and discussions featuring leading scholars at 6pm every evening, free to that evening's ticket holders. The line-up of this year's speakers will be announced in due course.

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions). General booking will open at the end of October. If you are a school or further education group, please see below for booking information.


£6 per learner, with complimentary tickets for accompanying teachers
To book, email

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GREEK DRAMA DAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2019 - an exciting opportunity for school groups, teachers, students, and members of the public

Once again we are delighted to offer an exciting day of talks and workshops on the subject of Greek drama, entirely for free. This day explores some of the big issues facing those studying and staging these ancient texts, including how to make them accessible to contemporary audiences and just what to do with the chorus. All of the sessions are delivered by expert scholars and theatre practitioners. Due to incredibly high demand for spaces on this day, this year all those wanting to sign up are invited to express their interest ahead of a booking period opening towards the end of the autumn term. To join this notification list, please contact the executive producer David Bullen ( 

Medea DVDs – get your copy now!

In light of the overwhelming response to last February’s production of Medea, we are pleased to announce that we are offering DVDs of the production. These cost £9 (including postage and packaging) and can be purchased by emailing

Tradition of the King's Greek Play & Archive

The King's Greek Play has been an annual tradition since 1953 and it is the only production in the country to be performed every year in the original Greek.

The Greek Play archive gathers together information and documentation on every Greek Play performed at King's College London since its inception in 1953.

Get involved

If you are interested in being part of the next Greek Play, see the numerous different ways you could become involved.


If you have any general queries or enquiries or comments; or if you have any information concerning previous King's Greek Plays that may be of use to us, please email

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