The National Theatre of Greece and the Vakhtangov Theatre present Sophocle’s Oedipus Rex at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of July.

Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, perhaps the most emblematic ancient drama of them all, is part of the Theban cycle. According to the sources, it was first performed in 428 BC during the Peloponnesian War when the plague had carried off much of the Athenian populace. The work focuses on the individual in relation to their personal freedom, power, society and divine will.

In the context of its drive to collaborate with theatres both in Greece and abroad, the National Theatre of Greece has joined forces for the first time with the celebrated Vakhtangov Theatre to stage a production of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex directed by Rimas Touminas. This fine co-production features both Greek and Russian actors with Viktor Dobronravov in the lead role.

The dramaturgical processing was undertaken by Elsa Andrianou, while the original music was written by Thodoris Abazis. The play will also be staged in Moscow this coming September.


The play
Supplicants are flocking to the palace of Thebes to beg King Oedipus to come to the people’s aid. A plague has ravaged the city and decimated its population; extremely concerned, the King has requested advice from the Oracle at Delphi. Apollo foresees that there will be no respite until the person responsible for the death of King Laius is found and expelled from the city. Oedipus begins his investigation and the deeper he probes, the closer he gets to the truth: the same man who saved Thebes from the Sphinx has now polluted it with his deeds. An old prophesy has come to pass. However hard Oedipus strove to escape his fate, his every action carried him towards it. Now the only route left open to him is exile.

The show
Artistic Director: Rimas Touminas
Administration Director: Kirill Krok
Set Designer: Adomas Jacovskis
Choreographer: Angelica Cholina
Composer: Faustas Latenas
Assistant Director: Irina Gromova
Music: Thodoris Abazis
Assistant: Dimitris Georgiadis

The Cast
Evgeny Knyazev, Liudmila Maksakova, Pavel Yudin, Victor Dobronravov, Ekaterina Simonova, Valery Ushakov, Vitalys Semenovs, Maksim Sevrinovsky, Eldar Janibekov, Artur Ivanov, Evgeny Kosyrev

The Chorus
Ilya Algaer, Panagiotis Athanasopoulos, Thanasis Vlavianos, Giorgos Gallos, Dimitris Georgiadis, Kostas Korakis, David Malteze, Leonardos Heifetz-Batis, Sokratis Patsikas, Giorgos Stamos, Spyros Tsekouras

Bilingual production in Russian and Greek with Greek and English supertitles

Location: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
Dates: 29,30 July 2016
Time: 9 p.m.
Ticket prices: 45 € (VIP Zone), 40 € (Zone A), 20 €, 13 € (Zone B), 8 €, 5 € (Upper tier, Unemployed), 5 € (Disabled)