The Athens Epidaurus Festival concludes a major festival season also this year in Epidaurus, with a top world premiere of a new play, based on the myth of Oedipus, in a unique co-production with the Berlin's Schaubϋhne.
A favourite of Greek theatre-goers, Thomas Ostermeier returns to Greece, this time at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, alongside Berlin’s Schaubühne, in a new, subversive performance, following an invitation by Katerina Evangelatos, Artistic Director of the Athens Epidaurus Festival. Noted primarily for his ability to deliver electrifying, highly charged versions of canonical texts, the prolific director revisits Oedipus Rex. However, instead of Sophocles’ play, he opts for an original text by German dramatist Maja Zade, adapting the ancient myth to the present. Through a strikingly modern, minimalist writing style and a suspenseful plot, audiences will watch a story unfolding in present-day Greece, where a family of German industrialists spend their vacation.
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier
Set design Jan Pappelbaum
Costume design Angelika Götz
Video Matthias Schellenberg, Thilo Schmidt
Music Sylvain Jacques
Dramaturgy Maja Zade
Lighting design Erich Schneider
Caroline Peters (Christina), Christian Tschirner (Robert), Renato Schuch (Michael), Isabelle Redfern (Theresa)
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
More information here
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?
The play is published as part of the Festival's newly launched theatre book series, translated by Giannis Kalifatidis.
The play is a co-production of Schaubϋhne Berlin and the Athens Epidaurus Festival.
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.