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Hippolytus by Euripides
Athens & Epidavros Festival 2014 |

This tragedy centres on the powerful love nursed by Phaedra, the wife of Theseus, for her step-son, Hippolytus—a passion that will prove tragic for all three, underscoring the power of Eros and of the goddess Aphrodite, the personification of physical love.
Hippolytus was staged for the first time in 428 BC at the Great Dionysia, where it took first prize. The Greek National Theatre first produced the play in 1937 at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, directed by Dimitris Rontiris with music by Dimitris Mitropoulos. Restaged in 1954 with a new cast at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the performance served as the unofficial première of the Epidaurus Festival, which would be formally instituted the following year.
This year, the tragedy will be directed by Lydia Koniordou in the ancient theatre, where the main roles will be played by herself, Leda Protopsalti, Nikos Kouris, Themis Panou, Sarantis Michalis, Phaedon Kastris, Evgenia Apostolou, Noni Ioannidou, et al.

National Theatre of Greece – Lydia Koniordou

Hippolytus by Euripides

25-26 July, 21:00

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