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


Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
When: 29 June - 18 August 2018
Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre

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.

Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Programme Tickets

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Photo: DP/Georgios Tsichlis


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.

AGAMEMNON Epidaurus Festival Athens Transfer


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.

Vangelis Theodoropoulos Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Artistic Director Vangelis Theodoropoulos

“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.”



(Click on the links to read about each performance and access tickets)


June 29 & 30THE ACHARNIANS by Aristophanes | Read the review and find tickets

July 6 & 7AGAMEMNON by Aeschylus | Read the review and find tickets

July 13 & 14PLUTUS by Aristophanes | Read the review and find tickets

July 20 & 21ELECTRA by Sophocles | Read the review and find tickets

July 27 & 28THESMOPHORIAZUSAE by Aristophanes | Read the review and find tickets

August 3 & 4ORESTES by Euripides | Read the review and find tickets

August 10 & 11THE FROGS by Aristophanes | Read the review and find tickets

August 17 & 18OEDIPUS at COLONUS by Sophocles | Read the review and find tickets

The theatre works listed are performed in Greek with English subtitles


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

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See the full Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme here.

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