OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater GroupWhere: Athinais Theatre AthensWhen: Each Thursday until 24 October 2019Why Go: See an ancient Athenian tragedy
The archetypal play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles will be performed in Athens by the Fimonoi Theater Group. Long considered the greatest of Greek tragedies, it has a sympathetic protagonist, a crushing climax, inspirational poetry and a wealth of meaningful themes. The play remains on the short list of exceptionally and undeniably great world literary masterpieces and…
PROMETHEUS BOUND by AeschylusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 30 August 2019Why Go: See Aeschylus’ tragedy on an ancient Greek stage
This production of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, was first presented as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. 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…
ATHENS EVENTS – September & October 2019Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: September & October 2019Why Go: For live music & theatre
The summer season is in full swing but the month of August also marks the close of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the start of summer holidays for locals. Museums and archaeological sites are open throughout August although the events calendar takes a break in the weeks leading up to and following the traditional…
THE SUPPLIANTS by EuripidesWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 5 September 2019Why Go: See this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides
This production of The Suppliants by Euripides at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, was first presented as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Two national theatres, the National Theatre of Greece and Cyprus Theatre Organisation, join forces to produce an iconic play: a tragedy about war and the dead, existential dread, dignity, faith…
THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 6 September 2019Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage
This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was part of this years Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme. Aristophanes’ masterful comedy was first presented at the Great Dionysia in 423 BC and attacks Socrates’ teachings and the philosophical ideas of the time. The elderly, largely uneducated Athenian, Strepsiades, is in…
WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECEWhere: Railway Carriage TheatreWhen: Saturday's - 7 September to 2 November 2019Why Go: A symbolic journey by train from ancient to modern Greece
Following successful tours in Australia and Brussels, the powerful one woman show, Women of Passion, Women of Greece returns to Athens for a fourth season. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage, where the mythological figure of ancient Greek tragedy Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri….
THE SNOWMAN AND THE GIRLWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 12 September 2019Why Go: See a famous Greek fairy tale brought to life on stage
A musical theatre production, ‘The Snowman and the Girl’ comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in September. Based on the well-known fairy tale by Greece’s much loved storyteller Eugene Trivizas, a girl makes a snowman promise never to melt and in order to keep his promise, the snowman begins a dangerous and unimaginable journey to…
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.