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2019 Interantional Festival of Ancient Greek Drama

The six productions for this year’s edition

The official opening of this year’s edition will take place at Paphos Ancient Odeon on the 28th of June 2019 with the first Slovenian production of Euripides’ tragedy Trojan Women, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica and directed by Jaša Koceli.

Following that, the Cypriot theatre company Eros Ammochostos Theatre will present Hecuba by Euripides directed by Giorgos Mouaimis, with Annita Santorineou in the homonymous role.  Hecuba performances will be held at Paphos Ancient Odeon on July 4th.

The Festival’s programme continues with Hippolytus by Euripides directed by Emilio del Valle, a co-production of Maltravieso Teatro and La Almena Producciones of Spain, in collaboration with the Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival. The Spanish production will be presented at Paphos Ancient Odeon on July 8th.

The internationally award-winning Izumi Ashizawa directs the second Cypriot participation in the Festival, Bacchae by Euripides, a Belacqua Theatre production. Bacchae will be presented at Paphos Ancient Odeon on July 22nd.

For another year, the aim of the organisers, is the continuation of the rising and successful course that the “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” already has on its record, the artistic quality assurance of the performances’ programme, the substantial contribution to the international and local cultural landscape and an approach towards all audience genres.

Furthermore, a desire of the organisers has always been the greatest possible attendance of Cypriot and foreign audience, that will result in the upgrade and cultivation of theatrical education, as well as the promotion of cultural tourism, through the provision of surtitles in English for all the Greek-language productions and in both Greek and English for the foreign-language productions.

The seven-member Selection Committee consisted of two representatives of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture: Aristodimos Anastasiades, Cultural officer A’/ chair of the committee and Georgia Hoplarou,Cultural officer; of two representatives of the Cyprus Centre of International Theatre Institute (CCOITI): Lakis Yenethlis, Set and costume designer, public relations manager of the Board of Directors of the CCOITI and Lea Maleni,Director, actress, member of the Board of Directors of the CCOITI; of one representative of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism: Irena Epaminondou, Tourism officer and of two ex officio members by the Minister of Education and Culture: Antonis Tsakmakis, Associate Professor at the Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus and Ellada Evangelou, Theatrologist, dramaturge.



Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica

The Trojan Women by Euripides

▪  Friday, June 28, Paphos Ancient Odeon

With Greek and English surtitles

Hecuba by Euripides

▪  Thursday, July 4, Paphos Ancient Odeon

With English surtitles

Maltravieso Teatro and La Almena Producciones, Spain

Hippolytus by Euripides

▪  Monday, July 8, Paphos Ancient Odeon

With Greek and English surtitles

Belacqua Theatre, Cyprus

Bacchae by Euripides

▪  Monday, July 22, Paphos Ancient Odeon

With English surtitles


▪ Info: 7000 2414 │www.greekdramafest.com

▪ Performances start at 21:00

Tickets prices:

€12 │€6 (Students, Senior Citizens, National Guard, Citizens with unemployment benefits)

▪  Festival pass €45 (per person for attending six performances)

▪  Free admission to people with disabilities. Please show proof at ticket gate.

▪  Free admission to the members of CCOITI. Please show the updated International ITI Member Card for 2019 at ticket gate.


Ticket sale starts on May 10th, 2019 by Sold Out Tickets