(Epidaurus, Greece) – Oresteia, a trilogy by the Ancient Greek playwright, Aeschylus, will play at the Epidaurus Festival in the ancient theater in Epidaurus on Friday, July 8, 2016 and Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8 PM. Ticket prices range from 10 euro to 45 euro per ticket. You can purchase tickets in advance online or by calling the ticket office or you can also purchase them at the door when you arrive at the theater.
These Greek tragedies tell the story of the cursed House of Atreus and the main character in the play, Orestes, is focused on avenging is father’s murder. The play examines themes such as revenge and justice while also following the characters within the House of Atreus. The play is directed by Yiannis Houbardas with Constantinos Markoulakis and Karyofyllia Karabeti being two of the main characters. The plays will be spoken in Greek but those who don’t understand Greek can read the English subtitles.
The ancient theater at Epidaurus is known especially for its amazing acoustics. At the time of its construction, Epidaurus and the surrounding area were incredibly prosperous, which meant that the inhabitants had the money not only to create the theater, but also to enjoy the plays. The theater was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th Century B.C. and the original construction had 34 rows. Later on, an additional 21 rows were added. Currently, the theater houses 14,000 people. The acoustics are so advanced that performers can speak at their normal volumes and be heard throughout the theater.
The Epidaurus Festival is an annual celebration of theater and the performing arts that is celebrating its 56th year. In addition to enjoying productions of Greek plays, world renowned performers such as Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas have also charmed guests here. Each year, festival organizers seek to make the festival even better from the year before.