Jean Anouilh's play "Antigone" is a tragedy inspired by Greek mythology and the
play of the same name ("Antigone", by Sophocles) from the fifth century B.C. Written by: Jean Anouilh Genre: tragedy Producer: Laurence Olivier Location: Old Vic Theatre Company at the New Theatre, London Opened: New Theatre, London, on 10 February 1949 Cast: Vivien Leigh (Antigone), Laurence Olivier (Chorus), George Relph (Creon), Terence Morgan (Messenger), Dan Cunningham (Haemon), Merica Swinburne, and other actors
Angus McBean (photographer, set designer):
"She said it was her first real chance on stage to show her ability in a great tragic role."
Jean-Louis Barrault (French actor, director and mime artist):
"The biggest surprise of the performance is the acting of Miss Vivien Leigh,
who brings to Antigone a taut strength, and a restraint which may surprise even
the most loyal fans of this beautiful actress. Her voice, which it is permissible
to suggest has not always been her strongest point, is deeper, more intense and
controlled, less genteel than we remember. She gives Antigone the loneliness
and desperate courage of a lost and determined child, while at the end, when the
condemned girl is dictating a letter to her lover, she is properly tragic. This is
a splendid performance."