Online streaming of selectedAthens & Epidaurus Festival performances

As part of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports initiative

“We Stay at Home with Culture”


Yannis Houvardas


by Aeschylus

16 May, 19:00

(free streaming available for 24 hours)

Participating in the Ministry of Culture initiative “We Stay at Home with Culture”, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival continues to share standout moments from its long history, offering online streaming of performances and concerts, selected from its rich archive. Audiences at home warmly received our three previous online premieres, namely Sophocles’ Antigone, directed by Lefteris Voyatzis (2006 & 2007), Dimitris Dimitriadis’ Insenso, directed by Michail Marmarinos (2012 & 2013) and Euripides’ Electra / Orestes by the Comédie-Française company, directed by Ivo van Hove (2019). This Saturday, 16th May, the Festival invites audiences to enjoy Aeschylus’ Oresteia, directed by Yannis Houvardas (2016).

In Yannis Houvardas’ production, one of the most sharply modern takes on ancient Greek tragedy in recent years, featuring a stellar cast, the tragic myth of the House of Atreus, spanning a period from the fall of Troy to the foundation of Areopagus, echoes the history of the modern Greek state. Twelve outstanding actors share all the roles between them, the Chorus included, in all three parts of the trilogy. The cast conveys the bloody, violent dynamics of a family as the vicious circle of an entire nation compelled to sacrifice its own children in the hopes of being reborn. However, a kind of rebirth that is based on sociopolitical visions lacking the fertilising powers and blessing of family love does not necessarily equal redemption.

Oresteia, directed by Yannis Houvardas, will be streamed on Saturday, 16 May 2020, at 19:00, through our official YouTube channel, Greek Festival, where it will remain available for free streaming strictly for 24 hours.


Streaming starts at: 19:00 (local Greek time)  / YouTube: Greek Festival

Runtime: 2 hours 15’.


Filmed performance courtesy of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT)



by Aeschylus

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

8 & 9 July 2016



Translated by Dimitris Dimitriadis •  Adapted and directed by Yannis Houvardas • Set design Eva Manidaki • Costume design  Ioanna Tsami • Music Stavros Gasparatos • Movement Stavroula Siamou • Lighting design Lefteris Pavlopoulos • Photos Efi Gousi • Assistants to the director Sylvia Liouliou, Nikoleta Filosoglou • Assistant to the set designer Thaleia Melissa • Production assistant Alexandra Mouzakiti • Production manager Katerina Berdeka • Production George Lykiardopoulos


Konstantinos Markoulakis (Orestes), Karyofyllia Karabeti (Clytemnestra), Nikos Kouris (Agamemnon, Attendant), Stefania Goulioti (Electra, Athena), Nikos Psarras (Apollo, Pylades), Alkistis Poulopoulou (Cassandra, Priestess), Dimitris Papanikolaou (Aegisthus), Ieronymos Kaletsanos (Herald), Konstantinos Avarikiotis (Watchman), Syrmo Keke (Coryphaeus), Christina Maxouri (Coryphaeus, Servant), Polydoros Voyiatzis (Coryphaeus)

A co-production of George Lykiardopoulos’ “Lykofos” with the Athens & Epidaurus Festival


Photos: Stavros Habakis, Patroklos Skafidas


Disclaimer: Performance in Greek without subtitles


In the coming weeks, we will continue to offer you free online steaming of Athens & Epidaurus Festival performances and concerts that have stood out in recent years, especially those filmed in a format suitable for streaming. Make sure to follow us on our official website and social media where we will keep you posted on things to come.

Online streaming is possible thanks to the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.




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