Athens and Epidaurus Festival
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The Epidaurus Festival is at its peak this weekend with two of its most highly anticipated performances.

Tonight and tomorrow, at 21.30, at the Little Theatre:
After the Festival triumph of Happy Days in 2008 the celebrated actress Fiona Shaw returns this time with director Phyllida Lloyd and choreographer Kim Brandstrup for the world premiθre of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, England’s quintessential Romantic poem.

On Saturday and Sunday at 21.00, at the Ancient Theatre:
A joyous combination of humorous misunderstandings and supernatural shenanigans, Amphitryon’s images eloquently reveal the darker aspects of the comedic, both then and now. Lefteris Vogiatzis is the director, whose stunning productions have established him as one of the most original directorial voices of his generation. Expect his take on Moliθre’s masterpiece to be an original theatrical event.

Info and reservation:, +30 210 3272000.


The performances

© Benjamin Dowden

Fiona ShawSamuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner In English with Greek surtitles

3-4 August, 21:30 Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus


© Kostas Ordolis

National Theatre of Greece – Lefteris VogiatzisMoliθre, Amphitryon 4-5 August, 21:00 Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus


© Orfeas Emirzas

Municipal & Regional Theatre of Crete – Giannis KakleasAristophanes, The Birds 10-11 August, 21:00 Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus


© D. Diamantopoulos

On the road with Odysseas ElytisA concert with Alkistis Protopsalti & Stefanos Korkolis 10-11 August, 21:30 Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus


“It is as if we have stepped into a paradise, into a history sketchbook; we feel that all the potential for a good performance is there”Fiona Shaw,
Epidaurus 2012Photo: Phyllida Lloyd

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“No one was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher” (S.T. Coleridge)
To emphasize the importance of the performance “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Athens and Epidaurus Festival has issued a special publication, where you may read the director’s note, an introductory text about Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834), excerpts from the poem as well as texts by David Jones, one of the foremost poets, engravers and painters in 20th century England.The bilingual publication (English/Greek) is available at the Festival’s box office (39, Panepistimiou Str.) and at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus on the days of performance (3 and 4 August). Price 5 €.

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