Oedipus Rex Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
When: 12 & 13 July 2019
Why Go: See Sophocles’ masterpiece

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

Sophocles’ masterpiece and arguably the ancient Greek tragedy par excellence begins with a mystery. The city of Thebes is afflicted with plague. King Oedipus wants to know why this is the case. The oracle is clear: Apollo demands that Laios’ murderer be punished in order for the city to be cleansed. The king decides to solve the mystery, thus setting in motion a series of horrific revelations.

Oedipus Rex Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival

The ancient theatre of Epidaurus during a performance. Photograph: Thomas Daskalakis/NTG

Presented by Athinaika Theatra – Municipal and Regional Theatre of Crete

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

Oedipus Rex Epidaurus 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 Rex 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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