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Epidaurus Festival 2012

Athens Festival 2012

[box] The show must go on! The Athens and Epidaurus Festival may be a bit shorter this year, but it also returns to its Greek roots by featuring a majority of Greek artists, performers, musicians and theater troupes at venues throughout Athens and at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus and Little Epidaurus. Following repeated questions by journalists, Loukos disclosed that the Athens Festival will commence on June 8 with a dance performance by Tunisian siblings Ali and Hedi Thabet at the festival’s Pireos Street venue and will come to an end on July 20. The “highlight” at the Herodeon Theater under the Acropolis will be a Greek National Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.”

The Epidaurus Festival will open with a production of Sophocles’ “Oedipus The King (Oedipus Rex),” starring Emilios Cheilakis, on July 6. [/box]

Epidaurus Festival 2012

July 6 – 7, 2012-  Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King), by Sophocles (directed by Cezaris Graužinis)

July 13 – 14, 2012 – The Clouds (National Theatre of Greece, directed by Nikos Mastorakis)

July 20 – 21, 2012 – The Knights  (National Theatre of Northern Greece,  directed by Stamatis Fasoulis)

July 27 – 28, 2012 – Electras (Cyprus Theatre Organization, directed by Hanan Snir)

August 3 – 4, 2012 – Molière’s Amphitryon (National Theatre of Greece directed by Lefteris Vogiatzis)

August 10 – 11, 2012 – The Birds  (Municipal Regional Theatre of Crete, directed by Giannis Kakleas )

August 17 – 18, 2012 – The Supplicants (Neos Kosmos Theatre, directed by Vangelis Theodoropoulos )




Getting to the theater at Ancient Epidaurus


Palea Epidavros, Argolis, Peloponnese
Contact Information:

T:+30 – 27530 22026 (for the Festival), +30 27530 22 009 & +30 27530 22 666 (for the Archaeological Site)
Restaurants: The venue has a cafe bar
Tickets for the Athens Festival and the Epidaurus Festival
Ticket Prices
In order to be informed about the ticket prices you can visit the Programme section of our website and check out the events.
The prices and the advance booking date for each event are written on the column on the left.

How to Book Tickets for the Athens Festival and the Epidaurus Festival

You may book your tickets for Festival events in three ways:

Advance booking begins three weeks prior to each event.Online Bookings

Credit card bookings entail ticket purchases and not ticket reservations.

Tickets can be purchased on-line until 2 pm on the day of the performance.
Buying your tickets online allows you to select your seats, according to price and availability.
You may also buy season tickets, where available.
Tickets can be collected from:
  • Festival Box Offices (Monday – Friday: 8:30-16:00, Saturday: 09:00-14:30)
  • directly from event venues (sales start 2 hours before the event. During the first hour tickets for all the events are sold, while the second hour you can only buy tickets for the performance of the day).
  • A courier service is also available (at a charge of €4 per call out).
To book tickets online click here.

Telephone Bookings

Tickets can be purchased over the telephone using a credit card.
Call Centre Sales Personnel: Tickets can be purchased from call centre sales personnel until 2 pm on the day of the performance.

Telephone Booking Centre: +30 210 – 32 72 000
Opening Hours: Through a telephone operator: 09.00-21.00 daily

Tickets can be collected from Festival Box Offices, or directly from event venues. A courier service is also available (at a charge of 4 € per call out).

“In-Person” Bookings: Box Offices

Addresses and Opening Hours:

Downtown Athens

39 Panepistimiou Street, inside the Pesmazoglou Arcade
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 08:30am-4:00pm, Saturday 09:00am-2:30pm

Odeon of Herodes Atticus – Herodeon Theater

Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street (pedestrianised), Makriyianni
Opening Hours: 09:00am-2:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm Daily

Ancient Epidaurus Theatre

Argolis Prefecture, Peloponnesus
Opening Hours (from June 28, 2012): Monday – Thursday 09:00-2:00pm and 5:00pm-8:00pm, Friday – Saturday 09:30am-9:30pm

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