As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus festival, the Epidaurus theatre comes alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and more. It is a highlight of the festival to experience a midsummer production at this iconic venue.
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.
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 are offering special return transfers to the site on the days when performances are showing.
EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018, ‘POLIS & CITIZEN’
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.” Creative director, Vangelis Theodoropoulos explains.
“In each of the plays selected for presentation, the crisis assumes the proportions of civil war. This anatomy of civic crisis, symbolically reflected in the relationships of tragic heroes, is even more pertinent and relevant in times such as ours, when people lose faith to the polis. In challenging times, collectivities seemingly replace a weak and worn-out political system. Is it possible to redefine crucial concepts such as personal stance, responsibility, solidarity? Is it possible to give a new meaning to the concept of the polis? The best way to address and debate these issues on a public level is through art and theatre. Ancient drama is a public forum that enables us to do that. Epidaurus enables us to do that.”
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME IN BRIEF
(Click on the links to read about each performance and access tickets)
June 29 & 30 – THE ACHARNIANS by Aristophanes | Read the review and find tickets
July 7 – AGAMEMNON by Aeschylus | Read the review and find tickets
July 13 & 14 – PLUTUS by Aristophanes | Read the review and find tickets
July 20 & 21 – ELECTRA by Sophocles | Read the review and find tickets
July 27 & 28 – THESMOPHORIAZUSAE by Aristophanes | Read the review and find tickets
August 3 & 4 – ORESTES by Euripides | Read the review and find tickets
August 10 & 11 – THE FROGS by Aristophanes | Read the review and find tickets
August 17 & 18 – OEDIPUS at COLONUS by Sophocles | Read the review and find tickets
The theatre works listed are performed in Greek with English subtitles
See the full Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme here.
Find information here on how to get to Epidaurus for the performances.