CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S GOLD RUSH accompanied by the Athens State OrchestraWhere: Megaron Music Hall AthensWhen: 2 March 2018Why Go: The silent film the Gold Rush accompanied with a new musical score
A screening of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Gold Rush’ (1925) will take place at the Megaron Theatre for one night only, accompanied by the Athens State Orchestra. After almost a century since its first screening, this iconic silent movie will play again, this time with a new film score by American conductor and composer, Timothy Brock who…
ROMÉO et JULIETTE by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 25, 28 Feb, 2, 4, 7, 11 March 2018Why Go: To see this popular opera version of Shakespeare’s famous love story
For the very first time in the Greek National Opera’s history, Roméo et Juliette will be staged as the first of a series of works from the great French composer, Charles Gounod. Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette composes five acts and is heralded as an opera with melodic wealth. It remains the most popular version of the…
CHARLIE CHAPLIN on stageWhere: Acropol TheatreWhen: On now – 27 March 2018Why Go: See the remarkable life story of Chaplin brought to life on stage
The award-winning film “Charlie Chaplin” by French director Daniel Colas comes to the Acropol Theatre in Athens. This stage adaptation keeps the stunning cinematic rhythm throughout as it explores the life story of this legendary comic actor and filmmaker that was full of contrasts, twists and turns, unfolding over two hours and moving between comedy…
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 28 March 2018Why Go: See Donizetti's tragic masterpiece, an opera set in C19th Scotland
One of the masterpieces of the romantic Bel Canto period, Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor returns to the Greek National Opera after an absence of 37 years, in a co-production with the London Royal Opera House of Covent Garden. The famous British director Katie Mitchell endeavors to penetrate the world of 19th century women and view the plot…
WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECEWhere: Railway Carriage TheatreWhen: Every Saturday evening to 31st March 2018Why 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 third 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 MAGIC FLUTE by The Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 31 March, 1, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 April 2018Why Go: For an unforgettable night of Mozart at the opera
Mozart’s much loved opera, The Magic Flute, returns to the Greek National Opera in an impressive and innovative production that launched in Berlin in 2012, quickly becoming famous worldwide. Directed by Australian artistic director, Barrie Kosky of the Komische Oper Berlin, crowds have been awed by the production’s sheer imagination and the precision with which…
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur MillerWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: 15 February – 27 May 2018Why Go: See one of the most iconic plays of the C20th
In the Brooklyn of the 1950s, immigrants arrive from all over the world in search of a better life, some of them illegally. They come from every walk of life in search of the American dream, determined to succeed, but it often proves to be the wrong path, leading those who follow it into hubris….
NABUCCO by the Greek National OperaWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 1, 3, 6, 8 June 2018Why Go: see Verdi's classic opera beneath the Acropolis
One of Verdi’s most popular operas, Nabucco will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. A watershed in Verdi’s career, Nabucco put an end to a string of failures for the composer and marked the end of a period of great sadness in his life. The…
PEROUZÉ an opera by Sakellaridis with the Athens Philharmonia OrchestraWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 16 - 17 June 2018Why Go: Greek opera under the stars
Theophrastos Sakellaridis’ masterwork Perouzé will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. It originally premiered on 9 August 1911 at the Olympia Theatre. A smashing success, it ran for two seasons and was performed throughout Greece. Perouzé was last presented in 1950 at the Greek National Opera. The opera’s…
ANTIGONE at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: 11 July 2018Where: See an ancient Greek tragedy on an ancient Greek stage
Co-directors Emilios Chilakis and Manolis Dounias delve into Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone on stage at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. A play that has become emblematic of resistance to power, Antigone examines young Antigone’s fatal decision to bury her dead brother, Polynices, in violation of the king’s rules. The ten roles of…
CARMEN at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 27, 28, 29, 31 July 2018Why Go: See a modernised version of this classic opera
Symbolizing love and liberty, the most popular opera in the French repertoire, Carmen, is brought back to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for this years Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Presented by the Greek National Opera, the four night season in July 2018 is directed by acclaimed British director, Steven Langridge who is currently artistic director of the…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 1st June – 18 August 2018Why 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 Odeon Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus…
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.