Epidaurus Festival

Epidaurus Festival

Weekends from July to September
The Epidaurus Festival is marked by theatrical productions of ancient Greek tragedy and comedy at the theater built in the third century b.c.e. in Epidaurus, Greece, about 90 miles southwest of Athens. This open-air theater, the best preserved in Greece, can seat 14,000, and the acoustics are so fine that those seated in the top row can hear a whisper on stage. The performances, also known as the Festival of Ancient Drama, are presented by various theaters in the area. Summaries of the Greek-language plays are available to the audience in English.
CONTACTS:
Epidaurus Festival
23 Hadjichristou & Makriyanni St..
Athens, GR-117 42 Greece
30-210-9282900; fax: 30-210-92-82-941
www.greekfestival.gr/?lang=en
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 102
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 193
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 108
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The establishment of the Epidaurus Festival in postwar Greece provides the pivotal moment in the process of accommodating Greek antiquity as part of a celebrated cultural heritage, marking the beginning of the third phase.
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