Casting Announced For Sophocles’ Antigone: The Burial at Thebes at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre announces casting for Sophocles’ Antigone: The Burial at Thebes, directed by the joint Artistic Director of the Manchester Royal Exchange, Roy Alexander Weise (‘Master Harold’…and the boys and Nine Night). Originally part of Sophocles’ Theban trilogy, the tragedy was translated by Irish Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney, and first performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, 2004.


Yusra Warsama will play the role of Antigone. Yusra is known for playing Hanni Youis in The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and television roles such as Dr Nadia Omar in Castle Rock (Hulu) and Nafula in Our Girl (BBC). Ismene, Antigone’s sister, will be played by Babirye Bukilwa (When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, National Theatre; Cherry Orchard, Nottingham Playhouse; Filthy Business, Hampstead Theatre).


Returning to the Lyric, having last performed here in Roald Dahl’s Twisted Tales, Nick Fletcher will play the role of Creon, Antigone’s uncle and the King of Thebes – his credits include Dead Don’t Floss, The Deep Blue Sea and Treasure Island (National Theatre). Eurydice, the Queen of Thebes, will be played by Ruth Redman (All My Sons, Old Vic; The Glass Menagerie, West End).


The blind oracle, Tiresias will be played by Simon de Deney (theatre includes: The Importance of Being Earnest, National Tour; film includes: Damage, New Line Cinema and Shining Through, 20th Century Fox). Kwong Loke (Pah-La, Royal Court; The Great Wave, National Theatre; Labour of Love, Noel Coward) will play Messenger and Alexander Campbell (Br’er Cotton, Theatre503; Serpent’s Tooth, Almeida Theatre; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Curve Theatre) will play Guard.


In line with the Lyric’s commitment to nurturing young talent, the Chorus will be formed by five young performers (aged 18 -25) as part of a paid training opportunity. The performers will work with the creative team and receive support in developing singing, movement and acting skills; over 120 young people auditioned for the roles. The final Chorus includes: Pascale Kann, Jessica Mannion, Ethan Peters, Caleb Rowan and Westerfield Shoderu.


Poet, Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995; critically acclaimed poetry and translations include Death of a Naturalist (1966), North (1975) and Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (1999). His translation of Sophocles’ Antigone: The Burial at Thebes is an epic tale of humanity versus leadership centring on a woman with the courage to defend her beliefs – whatever the cost.


Sophocles’ Antigone: The Burial at Thebes is designed Lily Arnold who was last at the Lyric with A Doll’s House in 2019, lighting design by Amy Mae and sound design by Donato Wharton. Casting by Isabella Odoffin CDG.

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Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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