February 8, 2023

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Johan Simons opens the festival in Epidaurus with the opera “Alcestis” 1-2 July

The international premiere of Euripides’ Alcestis by pioneering Dutch director and Hollandia Theater co-founder Johan Simons will open this year’s Epidaurus Festival on 1 and 2 July.

The play will only be staged at the Antique Theater before the trip to Germany. This is a collaboration between the Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the Schauspielhaus Bochum, where Simons has been Artistic Director since the 2018-2019 season.

Simons, who was born in 1946 and trained as a dancer and actor, previously performed in Greece at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, directing Euripides’ Bacchae in 2002 and Odon von Horvat’s Casimir and Caroline in 2009. The director, together with his colleague Paul Cook, also one of the founders of Hollandia, is staging a play for the first time in Epidaurus.

“Alcestis” is considered one of the most unusual plays of Euripides, balancing between tragedy and comedy. The play describes the myth of a Greek princess who sacrifices her life to save her husband before Heracles returns to Hades to save her, now a stranger to her family.

Tickets ranging from 5 to 60 euros are already on sale online. For more information about this production and the festival program visit the website aefestival.gr.


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