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The Peloponnese Performing Arts

Athens and Epidaurus Festival

  • Festivals

Updated 10/08/2014

Fodor's Review

In the theater at Epidauros, this festival offers memorable performances from late June through August, Friday and Saturday only, at 9 pm. All productions are of ancient Greek drama in modern Greek, many presented by the national theater troupe. Actors are so expressive (or often wear ancient masks to signal the mood) that you can enjoy the performance even if you don't know a word of Greek. Get to the site early (and bring a picnic lunch or have a drink or a light meal at the decent Xenia Café on-site), because watching the sun set behind the mountains and fields of olives and pines is unforgettable. You can buy tickets (€10–€50) through the Festival Box Office in Athens (39 Panepistimiou, 210/928–2900) or online, and a short time before performance days at the theater box office. Many tour operators in Athens and Nafplion offer tours that include a performance at Epidauros. On the days of performances, four or five buses run between Nafplion and the theater, and there's service back to Nafplion after the play; the cost is about €4 round-trip. Look for buses that say "theater" or "epidauros," not "nea epidauros" or "archea epidauros." Buses also run to and from Athens on days of performances for about €14 round-trip.

Performing Art Information

Address:

Ancient theater, Epidauros, 21059, Greece

Phone:

27530-22026-theater box office

Updated 10/08/2014

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