A CHRISTMAS CAROL – based on the short story by Charles DickensWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: On now until 27 Jan 2019Why Go: See the magic of Xmas on stage
The magic of Christmas comes to the National Theatre of Greece in Athens in a thrilling musical version of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol by the dynamic young Greek director Giannis Moschos, who invites us into the world of dreams and imagination, revealing the true meaning of Christmas. Dickens’ most famous creation, Ebenezer Scrooge, is the…
WITCHES OF SMYRNA at the Pallas TheatreWhere: Pallas Theatre, AthensWhen: On now until 30 January 2019Why Go: Step back in time to the bustling harbour of Smyrna of the 19th century
The acclaimed Greek novel, Witches of Smyrna by Mara Meimaridi, is brought to stage at the Pallas Theatre in Athens, transporting audiences to the coast of Asia Minor in the late 19th century. A tale of magic and passionate love affairs unfold against the backdrop of Smyrna in 1887. The central character Katina is a smart…
SIMON BOCCANEGRA at the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27 January 2019Why Go: See Verdi’s powerful & tragic opera
The Greek National Opera presents Simon Boccanegra in a Royal Opera House production in Athens, directed by Elijah Moshinsky. Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra by Antonio García Gutiérrez. The opera was written in…
EVENTS AT THE OLYMPIA THEATREWhere: Olympia TheatreWhen: January, February, March 2019Why Go: Hear music at an iconic venue
The citizens of Athens have a newly revamped venue to call their own with the reopening of the Olympia Theatre, officially known as Olympia Municipal Music Theatre, Maria Callas. Housed inside the historic Olympia building that sits on Akadimias Street, it was home to the Greek National Opera (GNO) for more than 50 years. Left…
TONIGHT WE IMPROVISE by Luigi PirandelloWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: On now – 24 February 2019Why Go: See this classic play on stage
The National Theatre of Greece in Athens presents Tonight We Improvise, a production based on a theme by Luigi Pirandello paired with music by Oscar-winning composer Manos Hadjidakis, with a new impetus by director Dimitris Mavrikios and conductor Nikos Kypourgos. Mavrikios, who has an in-depth knowledge of Pirandello’s works, brings the Sicilian dramatist work to life….
TIMON OF ATHENS by Shakespeare & MiddletonWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: 7 February 2019 – 3 March 2019Why Go: See one of Shakespeare’s rare works on stage
The National Theatre of Greece presents Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. A production by artistic director Stathis Livathinos who declares himself fascinated by this enigmatic play of inexhaustible mystery and one that is rarely performed. A challenging work about wealth, debt, friendship, flattery, wilful blindness, errors and delusions, generosity and ingratitude,…
ATHENS EVENTS – March & April 2019Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout March & April 2019Why Go: For live music & theatre
As winter draws to a close and spring is in the air, Athens is readying itself for its national day celebrations and the traditional orthodox Easter celebrations. A cultural agenda of events starts to move back outdoors towards April at some of the city’s best theatres, music stages and clubs. We’ll keep you up to…
THE MISANTHROPE by MolièreWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: 15 March 2019 – 26 May 2019Why Go: A dynamic version of Molière masterful work
The National Theatre of Greece in Athens presents The Misanthrope by Molière, a production by the former artistic director of the Greek National Theatre, Yannis Houvardas, who gives us a version where anything can happen, and in Chrysa Prokopaki’s excellent new translation, words become lethal weapons in the mouths of the protagonists. The Misanthrope is one…
THE MAN WHO LAUGHS by Victor HugoWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: 22 March 2019 – 26 May 2019Why Go: A night of theatrical storytelling
The National Theatre of Greece presents The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo, a political work and love story that becomes an examination of the excesses of power. The work is presented as a piece of musical theatre with original music by Thodoris Abazis (deputy artistic director) for a night of theatrical storytelling. ABOUT THE…
LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 12, 15, 17, 19, 22 May 2019Why Go: See one of the most controversial operas from C20th Russia
One of the most famous operas of the 20th century returns to the Greek National Opera after almost a quarter of a century. Based on the novel by Nikolai Leskov, with music by Russian composer Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk addresses the subject of a woman’s position in provincial society. The work became famous worldwide…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2019Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 4th June – 10 August 2019Why Go: For an extensive line up of music, theatre & dance
The Athens and Epidaurus Festival is the city’s annual arts festival and a highlight of the Greek summer calendar. With a legacy that spans more than sixty years, today it incorporates a full programme of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Performances at the two ancient theatres of the Odeon Herodes Atticus and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus are highlights…
NORMA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 4, 5, 7, 8 June 2019Why Go: See this tragic and powerful opera on an iconic stage
Norma, returns to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This opera, by Vincenzo Bellini, was one of the first to be presented in Athens as a newly formed state in 1837. In the GNO’s long…
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETSWhere: Palea Epidaurus in ArgolisWhen: 21 June - 20 August 2019Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre
As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more. These three ancient sites welcomed more than 90,000 theatre-goers last year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…
LA TRAVIATA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27, 28, 30, 31 July 2019Why Go: To see one of Verdi’s great operatic masterpieces
La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this July presented by the Greek National Opera (GNO) as part of the 2019 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This tragic love story, with its much-loved arias and duets, will be directed by the GNO’s choreographer and artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos who…
With a vibrant cultural scene all year round, Athens events include an impressive mix of both local and international musicians, artists and dance groups. The city comes alive in the summer months where cinema screens move outdoors and plateias or neighbourhood squares are buzzing with music and festivities. From June-August every year, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is in full swing with an abundance of events held at various iconic Athenian venues including Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre, located at the base of the southern slopes of the Acropolis.
The Athens events we list have been chosen to appeal to an international audience passing through Athens and we select events accordingly.
Events in Athens
The Megaron Athens Concert Hall and Greek National Theatre are two of the major modern day venues in Athens. In peak season and where possible, we recommend you pre-purchase your tickets or ask your hotel to assist you with this. We provide you with the venue address in English and Greek to overcome any language barriers with taxi drivers. We also provide the nearest metro station to an event, along with a map to assist with your travel arrangements.
Athens & Epidaurus Festival
This is by far the crown jewel in the annual events calendar in Athens. Running now for more than 60 years, it presents local and international productions of Ancient Greek drama that celebrates the city’s cultural heritage. Athens is blessed with a network of ancient amphitheatres including Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Aristotle’s Lyceum and Lycabettus Theatre. Extending beyond Athens to the Attica region, performances can also be found at the Ancient Theatre of Delphi and the infamous Epidaurus Theatre. Check out our travel tips of getting to Epidaurus.
August Full Moon Festival
Every August on the night of the full moon, musical performances are held at key historic venues, including the Acropolis, the Roman Agora and other sites around Greece. Be sure to watch this space for updates.