TIMON OF ATHENS by Shakespeare & MiddletonWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: On now – 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,…
EVENTS AT THE OLYMPIA THEATREWhere: Olympia TheatreWhen: 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…
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 24 Feb & 3, 20, 22, 24 March 2019Why 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, 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 from the perspective of the main…
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….
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 MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 23, 27, 29, 31 March & 12, 14, 17, 29 April 2019Why Go: See a modern reworking of this opera buffa (comic opera)
The Marriage of Figaro, the first of Mozart’s three operas to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, returns to the Greek National Opera in Athens. Based on Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’s comedy La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro, the work was first presented in Vienna in 1786, a few years before the French Revolution….
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…
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 6, 7, 10, 13, 19, 21 April 2019Why Go: See this ballet triptych by Stravinsky
Three emblematic ballets, a triptych ‘From Russia with Love’ by Igor Stravinsky comes to the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera in Athens. Stravinsky became worldwide known through a series of ballets for which he composed the music. They were the fruits of his creative cooperation with impresario Sergei Diaghilev, who had created…
ATHENS EVENTS – April & May 2019Where: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout April & May 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…
DIMITRIS PLATANIAS RECITAL at Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 18 April 2019Why Go: Hear this acclaimed Greek baritone LIVE
Greek Baritone, Dimitris Platanias will perform the great arias of Rossini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Giordanno and more in a recital at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera in Athens. Platanias who studied singing in Italy on an Alexandra Trianti Scholarship, made his Greek debut as Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) and his Italian debut as…
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: 5 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: 5, 7, 9, 11 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 - 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 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…
THE LIFE & TIMES OF OEDIPUS – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 21 and 22 June 2019Why Go: Discover Oedipus, the mythical Greek king of Thebes
This production of Oedipus at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival programme for 2019. The iconic story of Oedipus comes alive in Robert Wilson’s series of breathtakingly, distinctive tableau vivant. The celebrated American director follows Oedipus’ story chronologically, without faithfully adapting Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. From the moment of…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.