OEDIPUS Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival
Robert Wilson's interpretation of Oedipus. Photograph: AEF/Lucie Jansch

THE LIFE & TIMES OF OEDIPUS – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
When: 21 and 22 June 2019
Why Go: Discover Oedipus, the mythical Greek king of Thebes

This production of Oedipus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019.

The iconic story of Oedipus comes alive in Robert Wilson’s series of breathtakingly, distinctive tableau vivant. The celebrated American director follows Oedipus’ story chronologically, without faithfully adapting Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.

OEDIPUS Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

Robert Wilson’s interpretation of Oedipus. Photograph: AEF/Lucie Jansch

From the moment of Oedipus’ birth and his abandonment as an infant, to the moment of his self-inflicted blinding, Wilson follows the horrific revelations from the first light of birth to the last light seen before all goes black.

Two witnesses, a man and a woman, spin his tale, the life and times of Oedipus, speaking across the centuries.

OEDIPUS Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival Crowds

A packed house at last year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Photograph: Thomas Daskalakis/NTG

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

Oedipus Epidaurus Athens Festival Tickets


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.

OEDIPUS 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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