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The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Photograph: Evi Fylaktou | Athens and Epidaurus Festival

ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

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Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
When: 21 June - 10 August 2019
Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre

As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more. These three ancient sites welcomed more than 90,000 theatre-goers last year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these iconic venues.

The famous ancient theatre of Epidaurus was constructed in the late 4th century BC, around the time when Athens was flourishing in art, philosophy, science and of course theatre and can seat more than 12,000 spectators. It is regarded as the best preserved theatre in Greece and famous for its exemplary acoustics.

Ticket Sales start at 12pm Eastern European Time on Tuesday, April 23rd

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A twilight performance by the National Theatre of Greece during the Epidaurus Festival. Photograph: Thomas Daskalakis/NTG

Introducing the 2019 ancient Epidaurus theatre programme

The theatre programme at ancient Epidaurus for 2019 will see more international performers and co-productions with Greek theatre companies, bringing an even richer dimension and perspective to this summer presentation of ancient Greek theatre.

Programme Highlights

Renowned American theatre director and visual artist, Robert Wilson will kick off the festival programme with his latest production of Oedipus by Sophocles, which has toured so far in Pompeii and Vicenza. It will mark Wilson’s Epidaurus debut, with Lydia Koniordou joining the cast.

 

Kathryn Hunter, the acclaimed USA-born British-Greek actress, is considered among the best theatrical performers today. She will portray the title role in Prometheus Bound. Hunter, is heralded for performing male roles, having portrayed Richard III at the Globe in 2003 to much critical acclaim. She was awarded an Olivier in 1991 for her role The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt and is a founding member of Théâtre de Complicite.

ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

The theatre works listed are performed in Greek with English subtitles

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The intimate open air stage of ancient Epidaurus during a performance. Photograph: Thomas Daskalakis/National Theatre of Greece

 

June 21 & 22LIFE & TIMES of OEDIPUS

The iconic story of Oedipus comes alive in Robert Wilson’s series of breathtakingly, distinctive tableau vivant. See more information about the show here

Tickets: Available online here for this performance

 

June 28 & 29ORESTEIA by Aeschylus

A bold, original concept by the National Theatre of Greece: Oresteia, the only extant ancient drama trilogy is presented in a single performance by three directors in their Epidaurus debut. See more information about the show here

Tickets: Available online here for this performance

 

July 5 & 6THE SUPPLIANTS by Euripides

Two national theatres, the National Theatre of Greece and Cyprus Theatre Organisation, join forces to produce an iconic play: a tragedy about war and the dead, existential dread, dignity, faith and resilience. See more information about the show here

Tickets: Available online here for this performance

 

July 12 & 13OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles

Sophocles’ masterpiece and arguably the ancient Greek tragedy par excellence begins with a mystery. See more information about the show here

Tickets: This show is not yet on-sale

 

July 19 & 20IPHIGENIA IN AULIS by Euripides

The tragedy focuses on the fateful decision of Agamemnon, commander of the Greek forces, to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia. See more information about the show here

Tickets: Available online here for this performance

 

July 26 & 27 – ELECTRA & ORESTES by Euripides

The story of Electra and Orestes and more specifically how the two siblings reunite and make a pact to take revenge against their mother, Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus. See more information about the show here

Tickets: Available online here for this performance

 

August 2 & 3THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes

Aristophanes’ masterful comedy was first presented at the Great Dionysia in 423 BC and attacks Socrates’ teachings and the philosophical ideas of the time. See more information about the show here

Tickets: This show is not yet on-sale

 

August 9 & 10PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus

With Kathryn Hunter as Prometheus. Hunter, the acclaimed USA-born British-Greek actress, is heralded for performing male roles, having portrayed Richard III at the Globe in 2003 to much critical acclaim. See more information about the show here

Tickets: This show is not yet on-sale

 

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A performance of PEACE by Aristophanes during a past year’s performance at Epidaurus was a spectacular success. Photo: Athens Festival

LITTLE THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

June 22Film Screening – VERTIGO (1958) by Alfred Hithcock | Be informed when this event goes on sale

June 28 & 29AVANT-GARDE MUSICAL THEATRE | Be informed when this event goes on sale

July 5 & 6THEOGONY by HesiodTickets available online here for this performance

July 12 & 13KAOS by the Griffin Dance Company | Be informed when this event goes on sale

July 19 & 20DAPHNIS + CHLOE by LongusTickets available online here for this performance

July 26 & 27 – PHÈDRE by Racine | Tickets available online here for this performance

August 2 & 3DANAIDS by Andreas KalvosTickets available online here for this performance

 

GETTING TO THE EPIDAURUS THEATRE

Epidaurus theatre is located within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in Palea Epidaurus, in the region of Argolis and is a two hour drive from Athens. Why Athens offers special return transfers to the site on the days when performances are showing.

Epidaurus Festival Athens Transfer

 

See the full Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme here.

Find information here on how to get to Epidaurus for the performances.

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