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105 minutes (incl. a 15 minute intermission)
Availability : April - September
Max People : 110
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Product code: EF04

For the first time, in the heart of Athens, enjoy a theatrical performance of “Ancient Drama” with English and French overtitles. A unique experience that one may not be able to attend anywhere else in the world, but in the place where Drama and Theatre were born.

Oedipus Rex has been an archetypal play in the world classic literature for nearly 2,500 years. Long considered the greatest Greek tragedy, it has a sympathetic protagonist, a crushing climax, sublime poetry, and a wealth of meaningful themes. The play remains on the very short list of incomparably and undeniably great world literature masterpieces and is taught all over the world.

The production runs from every Wednesday at 20:00 at Athinais Cultural Center.
Running time: 105 minutes (incl. a 15 minute intermission)


  • A unique experience that one can only live in Greece
  • A performance based on the classic ancient text, which survives from the 5th century. B.C.
  • A professional theatrical work, with over-titles in English and French, so that the viewer can participate in the theatrical experience
  • A classic approach to the play, with absolute respect for the text
  • An experience at a reasonable ticket cost, for a classical performance without traveling, in the center of Athens.


The Summary – Oedipus Rex

Shortly after Oedipus was born, his father, King Laius of Thebes, learned from an oracle that he, Laius, was doomed to perish by the hand of his own son, and so ordered his wife Jocasta to kill the infant. However, neither she nor her servant could bring themselves to kill him and he was abandoned to starvation. There he was found and brought up by a shepherd, before being taken in and raised in the court of the childless King Polybus of Corinth as if he had been his own son.

Undettered by rumors that he was not the biological son of the king, Oedipus consulted an oracle who foretold that he would marry his own mother and kill his own father. Desperate to avoid this fate, and believing Polybus and Merope to be his true parents, Oedipus left Corinth. On the road to Thebes, he met Laius, his real father, and, unaware of each other’s true identities, they quarreled and Oedipus pride led him to murder Laius, fulfilling part of the oracle’s prophecy.

Later, he solved the riddle of the Sphinx and his reward was the hand of Queen Jocasta (his biological mother) and the crown of the city of Thebes. The prophecy was thus fulfilled, although none of the main characters were aware of it at this point.


The elements of Greek Tragedy

Life and death, destined love, war, the futility of human nature, the battle of humans to take their destiny in their own hands, uncertainty of the inevitable truths of life. Those were the exact themes in Greek Tragedy, as drama was well rooted in the world realities of the time and was created after human character.

In Greek mythology, human life was in the hands of gods. Fate was pre-decided and could not be escaped at any cost. Oedipus and so many others, tried very hard to deceive the destiny, but the cage of tragic and cruel fate was very much tricky. In spite of all preventions taken by them, they were led to the final destiny which was pre-decided.

This is why Oedipus Rex is considered an unsurpassed classic of antiquity and a legend that lived on for 2500 years. A life drama that could be equally valid and reflect a contemporary human soul and theatrical patterns.


The Cast

Panagiotis Tarnaris
Nikos Stamatopoulos
Yannis Papathymnios
Nikos Anastasopoulos
Nikos Christofillakis
Nikitas Anastopoulos
Tina Papakonstantinou
Krisana Alefadinou

The Creative Team

Directed by: Katerina Bibi
Translation of the script: Katerina Micheli
Music: Padelis Pilavios
Costumes & Set designer: George Linzeris
Video art: Vaggelis Meimetis
Photography: Nikoleta Giannouli
Production: Fimonoi



Athinais Cultural Center, 34-36 Kastorias St, Votanikos
Athens, Greece (Google Map)

Performance Time

20:00 pm

Price Includes

  • Skip the Line: Oedipus Rex theatrical performance Ticket
  • Roundtrip transfer if option is selected
  • All fees & taxes

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses

Cancellation policy

  • For cancellations received up to 72 hours before departure, no cancellation fees
  • For cancellations received between 72 and 24 hours before departure, there are 50% cancellation fees
  • For cancellations received less than 24 hours before departure, there are 100% cancellation fees
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Aviv S

Couple Traveller

The idea of performing the classic Greek tragedies in a way that is accessible to modern visitors is brilliant. Additionally, the execution of this idea was top notch. I found the performance compelling and relevant to modern life, and the venue was very stylish and comfortable.

Unfortunately, the venue is a little out of the way. It a long and unpleasant walk from the metro station, on streets with broken or no sidewalks. I would have taken a taxi if I had known this in advance, or taken a shuttle from central Athens if it were provided.

4th November 2019

Noorit F

Couple Traveller

The play is excellent we had a very interesting and powerful experience. Highly recommended!
Would reconsider the position of the screen, because difficult to watch actors and subtitles at the same time.

27th October 2019

Andrew A

Solo Traveller

The theater company that put on Oedipus Rex was fantastic! The direction was adroit, the actors deeply invested in their roles, and the staging well done. The theater itself was easy to get to and had good acoustics. It was easy to follow with the English and French overtitles. I highly recommend anyone with an interest in Greek theater to see a performance here while visiting Athens

23rd October 2019

Sarah M

Couple Traveller

Great performance! We were happy it was translated to English well. We wished there was an intermission though

10th October 2019

Sofia T

Group Traveller

An exceptional experience!!! Genuine ancient tragedy performance!!! We really enjoyed it!
Strongly recommend it

2nd June 2019
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