Open Air Theatres

When you are in Athens, make sure to visit any of the Open Air Theatres, an unique experience you will never forget. The most famous of the outdoor theatred is the Theater of Irodion (Herod Atticus) at the foot of the Acropolis. Concerts, philharmonic performances, ballet and dance and operas are performed from the end of May until the end of September.

Another outdoor stage in magnificent surroundings is the Theater of Epidavrus where they stages ancient productions from the likes of Aristophanes, Euripides, and Sophocles and others.

Theatre

The western theatre dates from the antique culture of Dionysus. Athens was the centre of drama competitions during the Dionysus Festival that was celebrated in the spring. Tragedies, satires and comedies were played. It was characteristically performed on a flat, circular space containing the altar, called the orchestra, where the chorus sang and danced and the actors spoke.

In today’s Athens you will find the National Theatre of Greece, which is famous for its production of antique drama and opera.

National Theatre

Artistic Director: Nikos Kourkoulos
tel.: +30-10-52.20.585-7, 52.26.638 fax: +30-10-52.35.679
24-26 Agiou Konstantinou Str., 104 37 Athens
e-mail:protocol@eth.culture.gr

The National Theatre became the Royal Theatre in 1901, but as early as 1908 it was closed down again. In 1930 it was re-established by George Papandreou, then Minister of Education, as The National Theatre, functioning for several years as a legal entity under public law. In 1994 the theatre came under private law, a non-profit making organisation, whose aim was to broaden the cultural horizons of the Greek people.

The National Theatre of Greece includes five theatres all located in Athens.

The Central Theatre (Kentriki Skini)
24-26 Agiou Konstantinou Street
Athens 104 37
Énformation tel.: 52 88 100
Cashiertel.: 52 23 242, 52 33 322
Capacity: 570

The New Theatre (Nea Skini)
24-26 Agiou Konstantinou Street
Athens 104 37
Énformation tel.: 52 88 100
Cashier tel.: 52 23 242, 52 33 322
Capacity:130

The Katina Paxinou Children’s Theatre
48 Panepistimiou Street
Athens 106 78
Énformation tel.: 33 01 880
Cashier tel.: 33 01 881
Capacity: 280

The Experimental Theatre – Actors’ Workshop – Empty Space
24-26 Agiou Konstantinou Street
(Gaarage entrance, 28 Koumoundourou Street)
Énformation tel.: 52 88 138
Cashier tel.: 52 23 242, 52 33 322

Greek National Opera

Artistic Director: Lukas Karytinos
tel.: +30-10-36.32.057, 36.14.433, 36.00.180 fax: +30-10-36.25.604, 36.48.309
18 Charilaou Trikoupi Str., 106 79 Athens
e-mail:info@nationalopera.gr

Theatre Museum

The Theatre Museum was founded in 1938 by the historian of the Greek Theatre, Yiannis Sideris. Explore the history of the theatrical life, stage costumes and props, photographs, models of stage settings, personal belongings of leading figures of the theatre. In the library you will find a volume of 25 000 books about theatre from Greek and foreign bibliography.

He was succeeded in 1976 by the atrical writer Manolis Kores. In the Museum’s rooms are exhibited memorabilia of theatrical life, stage costumes and props, photographs, models of stage settings, personal belongings of leading figures of the theatre, as well as posters and programmes. The library includes about 25,000 volumes on the theatre, from Greek and foreign bibliography. The theatrical archives include 18th-century manuscripts, programmes and posters of theatre companies from the 19th century on.

Address 50 Akadimias Street, 106 79 Athens
Director K. Leivadeas
Visiting Hours Daily 8.30-14.00, exept weekends
Telephone +30-10-3629430, 3637453, library: 010-3638275
Ticket price 500 äñ÷. Free Entrance for Students
Fax +30-10-3637453
e-mail theatrom@istos.net.gr