Heard in Europe

The London stage is well-known for its shameless attempts to publicise productions, usually through thinly veiled references to current events. So is it just Heard in Europe, or is the Barbican’s latest staging of Sophocles’ Antigone channeling the our own present day Greek financial tragedy?
More specifically, is the casting of Patrick O’Kane (pictured) as the tyrant Creon a passing nod to his doppelganger Yanis Varoufakis?
Now that the game theoriser has left the political stage – having reportedly been sidelined as chief negotiator for Greece – perhaps he can act as O’Kane’s understudy in the Creon role.
A few lines will no doubt resonate, such as “No woman shall be the master while I live”; “There’s nothing in the world so demoralising as money,” and “The wisest man will let himself be swayed by other’s wisdom and relax in time.”

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