This production of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019.
Prometheus is punished by Zeus for giving fire to humanity. Hephaestus is tasked with chaining Prometheus on steep mountain rocks. Cratus and Bia keep watch the reluctant Hephaestus. Oceanus’ daughters, the Oceanids, lament the hero’s torment. Prometheus and Oceanus discuss Zeus’ cruelty. Enter another creature who has suffered the wrath of the gods: Io, Zeus’ mistress.
He once transformed her into a heifer to save her from Hera’s jealousy. In response, Hera dispatched an annoying gadfly to relentlessly pursue Io to the end of the world. Prometheus foretells her future, linked with his own, since a distant descendant of Io is destined to set Prometheus free several years in the future. Prometheus also foresees the fall of Zeus. However, he refuses to disclose the exact circumstances of Zeus’ fall to Hermes, the messenger god. The tragedy reaches its climax with a raging Zeus unleashing his thunders against Prometheus, the still-resisting prisoner retaining his free will.
With Kathryn Hunter as Prometheus. Hunter, the acclaimed USA-born British-Greek actress, 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.
Presented by the Municipal and Regional Theatre of Patras.
Why Athens Tip: The performance will be performed in Greek with English subtitles.
GETTING TO THE VENUE
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.
ABOUT THE ANCIENT THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS
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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