OEDIPUS REX by Fimonoi Theater GroupWhere: Athinais Theatre AthensWhen: Each Thursday until 26 September 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…
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETSWhere: Palea Epidaurus in ArgolisWhen: 21 June - 10 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 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…
WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECEWhere: Railway Carriage TheatreWhen: Saturdays - 1 June 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….
ORESTEIA by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 28 & 29 June 2019Why Go: See Aeschylus’ trilogy at an iconic venue
This production of Oresteia by Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. A bold, original concept by the National Theatre of Greece: Oresteia, the only extant ancient drama trilogy is presented in a single performance by three directors in their Epidaurus debut, with a…
WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN JULYWhat & Where: The best of Athens for this monthWhen: Throughout July 2019Why Go: See the best of what’s on this month
With summer well and truly in the air in Athens, music, theatre and film move outdoors in glorious and iconic venues around the city. Here’s our monthly round-up of the best things to see and experience during your visit to Athens in July. WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN JULY SUMMER FESTIVALS Throughout July: Athens &…
THE SUPPLIANTS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 5 & 6 July 2019Why Go: See this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides
This production of The Suppliants by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. 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 and…
ALCINA by George Frideric HandelWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 6 & 12 July 2019Why Go: See one of Handel’s greatest works
Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra and accomplished conductor George Petrou return to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to perform George Frideric Handel’s Alcina as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With award-winning productions in theatres and festivals across Europe, Armonia Atenea embark on a journey to the magical world of Baroque…
OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 12 & 13 July 2019Why Go: See Sophocles’ masterpiece
This production of Oedipus Rex at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Sophocles’ masterpiece and arguably the ancient Greek tragedy par excellence begins with a mystery. The city of Thebes is afflicted with plague. King Oedipus wants to know why this is the case. The oracle…
ROBERT LEPAGE’S KANATAWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 13 to 15 July 2019Why Go: See this controversial Canadian production, led by an acclaimed director
Kanata — Episode 1 — The Controversy, comes to the Megaron theatre in Athens, led by acclaimed Canadian director Robert Lepage as part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This latest production by French company Théâtre du Soleil aims to explore the problematic relationship between Canada’s Indigenous people and their colonizers. ‘Kanata’ is an…
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ‘BAZZAR’Where: Athens old airport, HellinikonWhen: 18 July to 4 August 2019Why Go: Step inside the big top to a whimsical universe
World famous Cirque du Soleil brings the magic of circus to Athens with its latest original production “Bazzar” under its flagship big top tent. Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd production, Bazzar, was inspired by the colourful and chaotic grand Indian bazaar. With 31 artistes and 62 permanent people, Bazzar is like a small village – an…
IPHIGENIA IN AULIS by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 19 & 20 July 2019Why Go: A play full of twists & dilemmas
This production of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. One of Euripides’ late plays, written between 408 and 406 BC and presented posthumously at the Great Dionysia, where it won first prize. The tragedy focuses on the fateful decision…
ELECTRA & ORESTES by Euripides – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 26 & 27 July 2019Why Go: See two of Euripides’ plays brought together at once
This production of Electra & Orestes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove brings together two of Euripides plays, telling the story of Electra and Orestes and more specifically how the two siblings reunite and make a pact to…
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…
THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 2 & 3 August 2019Why Go: See this “comedy of ideas” on an iconic ancient stage
This presentation of The Clouds by Aristophanes at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. 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…
PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 9 & 10 August 2019Why Go: See Aeschylus’ tragedy on an ancient Greek stage
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…
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 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.