Τhe programme of Epidaurus Festival 2018 was officially announced by the Festival’s artistic director Vangelis Theodoropoulos in a press conference held on Tuesday, November 28.

Cezaris Grauzinis / Photo by D. Matvejev

This year’s programme was separately announced from the rest of the Festival, on the grounds that “Epidaurus has always been and still is the biggest draw of each season and could, in fact, be a Festival in its own right”.

Starting in 2017, “Polis and the Citizen” is a common theme tying together all performances held at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus as well as the Epidaurus Lyceum’s programme studies.

The Festival opens on 29 June with Aristophanes’ The Acharnians, directed by Kostas Tsianos and closes on August 18 with Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus, directed by Yannis Kokkos.

Thanos Papakonstadinou

Oresteia is central to Epidaurus 2018. Aeschylus’ iconic trilogy will be presented at three different venues: Cezaris Graužinis’ Agamemnon will be performed at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus on July 6-7, The Libation Bearers by Ar. Chioti and the Vasistas at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus on July 6-7 and a reworked version of Stefania Goulioti’s The Eumenides will be performed at the Ancient Stadium of Epidaurus on July 13-14.

The progamme also includes:
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
– Aristophanes’ Plutus by Nikita Milivojević and the National Theatre of Greece (13-14 July)
– Sophocles’ Electra by Thanos Papakonstadinou and the National Theatre of Greece (20-21 July)
– Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae by Vangelis Theodoropoulos (27-28 July)
– Euripides’ Orestes by Yannis Anastasakis and the National Theatre of Northern Greece (3-4 August)
– Aristophanes’ The Frogs (10-11 August)

Martha Frintzila

Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus
– Sophocles’ Antigone by Konstantinos Ntellas (20-21 July)
– Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound by Martha Frintzila (3-4 August)

Responding to the needs of international audiences all performances at both Epidaurus theatres will be offered with English surtitles.

According to the artistic director, the early announcement of the programme aims to attract more international visitors, in collaboration with organisations and institutions active in the cultural tourism field, both in Greece and abroad.

Closely linked to the Epidaurus Festival programme is the Epidaurus Lyceum (launched in 2017) which is not just an international summer school on ancient drama but a meeting point for teachers, performers, dramaturgs, directors, musicians, choreographers and other artists from all paths of performing arts; a literal hub of creative exchange. The 2018 teaching staff includes Tian Mansha, Marta Gornicka, Maria Shmaevich, Jayachandran Palazhy, Pichet Klunchun, Dennis Reid.

The Educating audiences in ancient drama programme will also take place once again in the Argolis area.

Both Epidaurus Lyceum and the Educating audiences in ancient drama programme are carried out in collaboration with the Department of Theatre of the University of the Peloponnese, supported by the Municipality of Epidaurus, the Municipality of Nafplio, the Administration of the Peloponnese and Argolis, and the Ephorates of Antiquities of Argolis.

You may find the full Epidaurus Festival programme here

The rest of the Greek Festival programme is to be announced in the near future.