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The Greek Theatre Festival in Siracusa

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Once upon a time, Siracusa was one of the most eminent cities in the ancient Greek world, a situation that riled Athens so much that, in 414C, it sent an enormous fleet to put the colonial upstart in its place. After a series of battles and a lenghty siege, Siracusa inflicted a heavy defeat on the aggressors, an event that rocked Athens to its core and further increased Siracusa's influence and status as one of the most important commercial and cultural centres in the Mediterranean. 

With such wealth and fame, it was only fitting that Siracusa should have one of the most impressive theatres in the Greek world: its cavea was one of the largest ever built, its 59 rows accommodating up to 15,000 spectators. It must have been quite a sight!

In a magical, thoroughly evocative atmosphere, the curtain rises as the sun sets and the audience is transported back in time.

Today, the theatre is one of Sicily's most visited attractions, especially from mid-May to the end of June when it is transformed into a buzzing hive of dramatic activity, just as it was 2,500 years ago.

The annual Greek Theatre Festival is one of Sicily’s most prestigious cultural events, attracting visitors from all over the world. In a magical, thoroughly evocative atmosphere, the curtain rises as the sun sets and the audience is transported back in time.

Three classical Greek tragedies and comedies are performed for around five weeks in a ritual that dates back to 1914. Over the many years since its inception, the festival has covered the whole gamma of ancient Greek theatre, always performed and directed by specialists of the genre. Recent productions have included Oedipus at Colonus and Philoctetes by Sophocles, Andromache and The Bacchae by Euripedes, Lysistrata and The Clouds by Aristophanes  and The Suppliants and Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus.

The 2015 season, the 51st Cycle of Classical Plays, runs from 15th May - 28th June and will feature the following plays:

 - Aeschylus’ The Suppliants

 - Seneca’s Medea

 - Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris

For more information see the official site: Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico >>

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