Clouds Athens Epidaurus Festival

THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
When: 2 & 3 August 2019
Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage

This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019.

Aristophanes’ masterful comedy was first presented at the Great Dionysia in 423 BC and attacks Socrates’ teachings and the philosophical ideas of the time.

Clouds Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

The ancient theatre of Epidaurus during a performance. Photograph: Thomas Daskalakis/NTG

The elderly, largely uneducated Athenian, Strepsiades, is in debt thanks to the extravagant lifestyle led by his pampered son, Pheidippides. Strepsiades tries to convince him to enrol in Socrates’ Phrontisterion (place of reason and thinking), where he will be taught the difference between right and wrong and will learn to defend himself in court against his creditors.

When Pheidippides refuses to comply, Strepsiades enrols himself, despite his advanced age. There, impressed by the wealth of ideas he comes across, he asks to meet the master himself. Socrates appears and the induction ceremony of the elderly student begins. However, Strepsiades proves to be an inept student. Ultimately, Pheidippides succumbs to his father’s threats and is forced to enrol in the school.

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

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Epidaurus theatre is located at Palea Epidaurus in the region of Argolis. It is approximately a two and a half hour drive from Athens. Why Athens offers transfers to the theatre and back to the centre of Athens exclusively on performance nights (June – August 2019) for 59 euros per person return. BOOK YOUR TRANSFER HERE and enjoy an ancient Greek play under the stars in Epidaurus. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE.

Clouds Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival


The ancient theatre of Epidaurus is regarded as the best preserved ancient theatres in Greece, 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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