Does Poetry have a place in a seemingly prosperous society? In this hilarious and thoughtful satire, Aristophanes depicts a descent to the Underworld, in quest of the poet, that will save the ailing city.
The poetic duel between Euripides and Aeschylus is sidesplittingly funny, as well as giving us food for thought, especially in our current times of cultural poverty, with poetry more instrumental than ever in securing some form of social unity. The play will be presented in a new, modern Greek translation by poet and translator Mr. Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos, in this performance directed by talented Mrs. Argyro Chioti, in her debut at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
Friday, July 9th 2021
Saturday, July 10th 2021 (live streaming, at 21:00 Greek time, with English subtitles)
Sunday, July 11th 2021
Arrival time | Starting time
19:30 | 21:00
Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
Translated by Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos
Directed by Argyro Chioti
Set design Eva Manidaki
Music Jan Van Angelopoulos
Costume design Angelos Mentis
Lighting design Tasos Palaioroutas
Physical coaching - Acrobatics Manuk Karyotakis
Assistant to the director Katerina Kotsou
Assistant to the set designer Anna Zoulia
Assistant to the costume designer - Special props Aella Tsilikopoulou
Dramaturgy consultant Elyssa Brunel Leydet
Technical sound consultant Brian Coon
Set construction Lazaridis Scenic Studio
Set painting Freddy Gizas
Costume construction Litsa Moumouri - Efi Karantasiou
Music box constructed by Lefteris Chavoutsas
Special leather props Kostas Vlachopoulos
Photos Geli Kalampaka
Executive producer Maria Dourou / Vasistas
Cast (in order of appearance)
Evi Saoulidou (Xanthias), Maria Kechagioglou (Dionysus), Michalis Valasoglou (Heracles), Manuk Κaryotakis (Corpse), Efthimis Theou (Charon, Aeacus, Pluto), Georgina Chryskioti (Maid, First Hostess), Chara Kotsali (Second Hostess), Dimitra Vlagopoulou (Servant), Akyllas Karazisis (Euripides), Νikos Chatzopoulos (Aeschylus), Antonis Miriagos (Coryphaeus)
Chorus of Frogs and Initiates
Georgina Chryskioti, Manuk Karyotakis, Chara Kotsali, Spyros Mastoras, Antonis Miriagos, Efthimis Theou, Michalis Valasoglou, Dimitra Vlagopoulou
All performances are played with Greek and English surtitles.
For any inconvenience and delay to be avoided, due to the current Covid-19 health measures, you are advised to arrive 90 minutes before the performance's starting time.
The theater's car park has plenty of spaces for cars and coaches.
Audience buses to and from the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus are available.
Ticketing - Box Office info
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus - box office operates Monday to Thursday 10:00-14:00 and on performance days (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) 10:30-21:00.
Τ. +30 210-7234567 (Monday to Sunday 09:00-21:00). Purchase online: aefestival.gr
Entry into the theatre after the start of a performance, except during an interval.
The attendance of children under the age of six.
Smoking, and the consumption of food and drink inside the theater.
The use of mobile phones during performances.
Entry into the theater in high heels.
Photography, with or without flash, and sound or video recording during a performance.
The tipping of staff.
Did you know that?
On Saturday, July 10th, the show will be broadcasted live streaming, at 21:00 (Greek time) with English subtitles. The live streaming, lasting a total of 1 hour and 45 minutes, will take place through livefromepidaurus.gr and the Festival's channel on YouTube Athens Epidaurus Festival and will concern exclusively residents of abroad.
The text will be published as part of the Festival's newly launched theatre book series, featuring Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos' new translation, with an introduction and a complete list of previous productions of the play by Professor Agis Marinis.
The famous ancient Τheater of Epidaurus is located within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios, in the Argolis prefecture of Peloponnese. It is a half-hour drive from Nafplio and approximately two hours from Athens.
For intercity bus services to the Ancient Theater especially for the performances, see timetables and tickets Here.