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Greek tragedy at the theatre of Syracuse

OneClassical tragedies 2018 in the Greek theatre of Syracuse of the most important yearly events in Syracuse are the classical plays at the Greek theater in the Neapolis archaeological park. The theatrical performance is staged by the INDA, the Italian national institute for classical drama. This classical tragedies festival is organized by more than hundred years, in fact, the first performance was in the year 1914. Every year thousands of tourists come to Syracuse to attend to the classical plays at the Greek theater. It's an unique experience to see the actors play the ancient tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles or Euripides in the same place where they were played more than 2000 years ago. The classical tragedies festival is organized every year during the monhs of May and June. The performance begins in the late afternoon. The tickets purchased at the ticket box at the entrance of the theater (also in advance) or online. Some days of the program are scheduled for "popular price tickets" without place reservation. On these days the theater is crowded with people because there are also a lot of school groups. Due to the temperatures in Sicily in late spring it's always suggested to bring a sunhat and sunglasses.

 The INDA chooses every year three different classical tragedies or comedies. The performances are staged on alternate days. Each tragedy has an own director (among the most famous in Italy) and scenography. Usually the program provides two tragedies and a comedy by Aristophanes. There are often also other events organized in town during the month of the classical plays. During the same days, the Youth classical festival is organized at the Greek theater of Akrai, near Palazzolo Acreide. The Greek theater of Syracuse is located inside the Neapolis archaeological park. It's also very interesting to have a visit at the whole park and its monuments. Hermes Sicily's tour guides offer private walking tours all around the years and during the summer months also shared group tours.

 

Classical plays in Syracuse 2018 - Program

 

The 54rd edition of the classical plays in Syracuse will take place from May 10th to July 8, 2018. Three different performances are scheduled on alternate days: Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles (directed by Yannis Kokkos), Heracles by Euripides (directed by Emma Dante) and the comedy The knights by Aristophanes (directed by Giampiero Solari).

 

Calendar

From May 10th to June 24th the two tragedies will be staged on alternate days, exept Mondays. The knights by Aristophane will be played daily from June 29th to July 8th. Below is the complete calendar (click to enlarge), theatre sectors and ticket prices as published in the official INDA guide. The ticket price varies from 32 € for the open seating sector to € 65 for the main sectors. Some days are "open seating days" with no reserved seats and fixed ticket price of € 26. Reduced tickets are possible for groups. The tragedies are in Italian language but at the box office it's possible to rent an audio transmitter with English translation.

Greek tragedies Syracuse: calendar and tickets

It's possible to buy the tickets at the box office at the Neapolis archaeological park, also with presale (presale fee € 3) or online on Vivaticket or by phone calling 800 54 26 44.

The tragedies will start at 6.45-7.00 pm in May and the comedy the Knights at 8.30 pm.

For further information

INDA - Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico
Corso Matteotti, 29 - Siracusa
Phone: + 39 (0) 931 487200
Website: www.indafondazione.org

 

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