ACHARNIANS Epidaurus Festival Athens

THE ACHARNIANS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
When: 29 & 30 June 2018
Why Go: See an ancient Greek work that is still relevant today

This presentation of The Acharnians forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. It was first presented at the Lenaia festival, in the sixth year of the Peloponnesian War (425BC), earning the then-19-year-old Aristophanes, the first prize. Aristophanes sets out to ridicule war and warmongers, expressing people’s longing for peace. The comedy is set in rural Attica, in Acharnae (modern-day Menidi).

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The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Photo: Courtesy of Athens Festival/Evi Fylaktou

Aristophanes is fully aware that the genre of comedy hails from religious ceremonies of fertility. Throughout The Acharnians, there are many references to Dionysus. In one memorable scene, Dikaiopolis and his family perform a phallic procession and sing a phallic song. There are also excellent comical scenes, typical of the Megara farces. The lively chorus of the old coal-miners of Menidi transforms this wonderful comedy into a frantic Dionysian feast. The performance will draw on popular tradition, echoing the Dionysian spirit so prominent in this work.

Why Athens Tip: The performance will be performed in Greek with English subtitles.

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GETTING TO THE PERFORMANCE

Epidaurus theatre is located at Palea Epidaurus in the region of Argolis. It is approximately a two hour drive from Athens. Why Athens offers transfers to the theatre and back to the centre of Athens exclusively on performance nights (June – August 2018) for 55 euros per person return. BOOK YOUR TRANSFER HERE and enjoy an ancient Greek play under the stars in Epidaurus. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE.

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PERFORMANCES AT EPIDAURUS 2018

The Epidaurus programme for 2018 falls under the overarching theme of “Polis and the Citizen.” It is closely connected to contemporary life in Greece and the Greek crisis. The tragedy genre easily explores the concept of the crisis through the tension between individuals and society. The festival is particularly interested in approaching tragedy as a “study of civic crisis.”

The ancient theatre of Epidaurus is regarded as the best preserved ancient theatres in Greece and famous for its perfect acoustics. Constructed in the late 4th century BC, it has a capacity of more than 12,000 spectators.

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