News & Promotions > Cycle of classical plays opens on April 16 in Syracuse

May is approaching, weather is getting warmer, and beaches here will get crowdy soon enough. Sun and sea, on the other hand, are not the only reasons to spend your holidays in Sicily. Late Spring is a great time to visit the island, and if you’re planning to book one of our villas in the Southeast you’ll be able to join one of the worldly famous events in Sicily: the Cycle of classical plays at Syracuse’s Greek Theatre.

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Since 1914 the Istituto Nazionale di Dramma Antico (National Institute of Ancient Drama) organizes the performance of original Ancient Greek plays in the same setting and in the same way they were performed thousands of years ago. Every year tragedies coming from the pen of the most famous greek playwrights, such as Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, are performed using traditional costumes. The plays starts rigorously at sunset, and stagings are created to take advantage of the striking landscape offered by the theatre and its surroundings.

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Next season premieres on April 16 starting with “To Argo”, an adaptation based on the works of Homer, Aeschylus, Euripides and Gorgias. Upcoming plays include Aeschylus’ “Agamemnon”, the story of King of Argos’ homecoming from the Trojan War; followed by “The Libation Bearers” and “The Eumenidies” to complete the Oresteia trlogy. Aristophanes’ comedy “The Wasps” will then close this year’s cycle of classical plays on June 22. 

Tickets for all the performances are already available here. While, if you want more detailed informations and a complete program of the shows you can find it on the National Institute of Ancient Drama’s official website.