Juliette Binoche comes to town for fundraising performance of Antigone

Juliette Binoche will star in a new version of Antigone at the Barbican between 4 to 28 March
Those who enjoyed watching Juliette Binoche dream up truffles and other delights as Vianne Rocher in the film Chocolate will have the chance to feast on a whole evening in her presence at a fundraising dinner next month.

The Oscar-winning actress will perform in a contemporary version of the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles on 11 March at a private event at the Barbican to raise money for the Barbican Centre Trust.

Proceeds from the tickets, which cost £250 per person or £2,000 for a table of eight, will go towards the Barbican’s arts and creative learning programmes, including their youth orchestra and Young Barbican, which offers 50,000 affordable tickets to 16–25 year-olds.

There is a champagne reception for the lucky people who buy tickets to the event, followed by the play and a three-course dinner – with guests of honour including Binoche herself.

The event is restricted to around 100 people and most of the tickets have been sold. But The Capitalist has heard that a few remain, with several City folk including Redleaf Polhill founder Emma Kane, who also chairs the Barbican Centre Trust, also attending. Those interested in joining Emma should email Sarah de Winter via development@barbican.org.uk.

Antigone, directed by Ivo van Hove and translated by T S Eliot Prize-winning poet, Anne Carson, is a grizzly tale. Thebes has been ravaged by war and its ruler Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone’s rebellious brother Polynices. When she chooses to defy the edict, Creon condemns her to be buried alive.

Good thing then that there is a dinner afterwards to lift spirits, with Juliette Binoche alive and well.

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