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The Birds by Aristophanes. Photograph: courtesy of AEF/T.Thomoglou

THE BIRDS by Aristophanes– Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

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Where: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
When: 7, 8 & 9 August 2020
Why Go: See one of the best surviving ancient Greek comedies

This presentation of The Birds by Aristophanes forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2020 and will be performed at the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.

The Birds is an ancient Greek comedy that follows the story of Pisthetaerus and Euelpides, two Athenian citizens that decide to search for a new city that is “soft and plump like a feather.” After discovering “cloudcuckooland” a land full of birds, they are given wings and begin their new life between reality and imagination.

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

Aristophanes received the second prize in the Great Dionysia Festival in 414 BC. Scholars around the world consider it among the best of his surviving works.

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THE VENUE

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is regarded as the best-preserved ancient theatre 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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