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.
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.
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
LITTLE THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS PROGRAMME IN BRIEF
June 22 – SURPRISE FILM SCREENING | Be informed when this event goes on sale
June 28 & 29 – AVANT-GARDE MUSICAL THEATRE | Be informed when this event goes on sale
July 5 & 6 – THEOGONY by Hesiod | Be informed when this event goes on sale
July 12 & 13 – KAOS by the Griffin Dance Company | Be informed when this event goes on sale
July 19 & 20 – DAPHNIS + CHLOE by Longus | Be informed when this event goes on sale
July 26 & 27 – PHÈDRE by Racine | Be informed when this event goes on sale
August 2 & 3 – DANAIDS by Andreas Kalvos | Be informed when this event goes on sale
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.
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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