Antigone (Brecht)

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Antigone, also known as The Antigone of Sophocles, is an adaptation by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht of Hölderlin's translation of Sophocles' tragedy. It was first performed at the Chur Stadttheater in Switzerland in 1948, with Brecht's second wife Helene Weigel, in the lead role. This was Brecht's first directorial collaboration with Caspar Neher.


Ratan Thiyam directed a Manipuri language-adaptation of the play in 1986.[1]

A 1951 production of Antigone at the Griez showed a new prologue written by Brecht in which Antigone, Tiresias, and Creon appear onstage and Tiresias gives an explication of the play. He instructs the audience to analyze the play and observe how humanity rose up against barbarism.

Differences From Original Antigone[edit]

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Educational Theatre Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1 (Mar., 1972), pp. 47-68

The Tulane Drama Review, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Nov., 1957), pp. 39-45