Christopher Eccleston to appear in Antigone at the National Theatre

The ninth Doctor will play Creon in the ancient Greek tragedy that opens in May

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Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston is to return to the National Theatre after a break of two decades in a production of Sophocles’ Antigone.

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The 47-year-old will play the part of Creon in the drama, while Attack the Block star Jodie Whittaker has signed up for the title role.

Directed by Polly Findlay, Antigone opens for preview shows on 23 May.

Eccleston last appeared at the National in a production of Abingdon Square in 1990, the same year that he starred opposite Sir Ian McKellen in Bent.

Viewers will also see Eccleston back on TV this spring in BBC1 drama The Fuse, in which he plays an alcoholic council official who harbours a dark secret.

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Antigone is an ancient Greek tragedy in which the daughter of Oedipus attempts to secure a dignified burial for her brother, whose mourning has been prohibited by law after he was condemned as a traitor to Thebes.