The shortest of crash courses on the Athens Epidaurus Festival: if a play is staged at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, it’s a big one. Now, make that even bigger in the case of Theatre Hollandia founder and European avant-garde theatre director, Johan Simons. The Dutchman returns for the opening day of this year’s AEF for a world-class event with his take on Euripides’ Alcestis. Who is the faint-hearted one and who is the brave one in this story of a woman who sacrifices herself to save her dying husband? Who is to be mourned? Yup, Greek tragedy comes with questions. Simons, who is known for his musical approach and minimal aesthetics, has replaced the Chorus (the narrators of each story in ancient Greek plays) with four singers and a church organ, touching on Gluck’s eponymous opera.
With English subtitles.
You can see our picks of this year's Athens Epidaurus Festival here. For the full programme head over to the festival's official website.