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Greek Play 2016 - Euripides' Alcestis

We're delighted to announce that ticket booking for the King's Greek Play 2016 is now open!

To book, please visit the King’s e-store

The King's Greek Play 2016 will be Euripides' Alcestis. It will be directed by Saara Salem and the Executive Producer will be Mr David Bullen. 

Apollo tricks the fates into a deal which allows his friend, King Admetus, to live on, on one condition - someone must die in his stead. When no one else agrees, Admetus' noble wife and the mother of his children, Alcestis, volunteers herself. The play begins on the day when Alcestis is due to die. What's a king to do? Torn between grief for his wife and anger at his father, Admetus welcomes an unexpected guest into his home and what happens next, some might say, is exactly what the king deserves.

There will be five performances of the production:

  • Wednesday 10 February 2016 – 14.30 and 19.00
  • Thursday 11 February 2016 – 19.00
  • Friday 12 February 2016 –  14.30 and 19.00

There will be academic talks at 18.00 before each evening performance, which will be free for ticket holders to attend:

  • Wednesday 10 February: Professor Hugh Bowden (KCL)
  • Thursday 11 February: Professor Edith Hall (KCL)
  • Friday 12 February: Dr James Robson (Open University)

To book, please visit the King’s e-store. Anyone looking to book a large group should first contact

Greek Play 2015 - Aristophanes' Clouds

Oliver Harrington chose to produce Aristophanes' Clouds, a spectacular comedy with a touch of tragedy. The Executive Producer was Dr Emmanuela Bakola.

There were five performances of the production:

  • Wednesday 11 February 2015 – 14.30 and 19.00
  • Thursday 12 February 2015 – 19.00
  • Friday 13 February 2015 – 14.30 and 19.00

Academic talks took place at 18.00 before each evening performance, which were free for ticket holders to attend:

  • Wednesday 11 February: Dr Lucy Jackson, 'The poet, the chorus and a significant re-performance: Aristophanes' Clouds'.

  • Thursday 12 February : Dr Emmanuela Bakola, 'Natural phenomena, cosmic justice, and Aristophanes' understanding of tragedy: the Clouds'

  • Friday 13 February : Professor Michael Trapp, 'Whose Socrates is this anyway?’

A review of the play can be found on the Archive pages.

Greek Drama Day 2015

As an addition to the play, on Thursday 12 February from 12.00 a Greek Drama Day was held for sixth form students.

This educational afternoon included a practical theatre workshop and academic seminars on ancient theatre given by lectures from King’s Classics Department.  

It was free of charge and open to Year 12 and 13 students, with a maximum of 5 students per school. 

Tradition of the King's Greek Play & Archive

The King's Greek Play has been an annual tradition since 1953 and it is the only production in the country to be performed every year in the original Greek.

The Greek Play archive gathers together information and documentation on every Greek Play performed at King's College London since its inception in 1953.

Get involved

If you are interested in being part of the next Greek Play, see the numerous different ways you could become involved.


If you have any general queries or enquiries or comments; or if you have any information concerning previous King's Greek Plays that may be of use to us, please email

To contact the Business Manager, for any questions or issues regarding tickets and invoices, please email

King’s Greek Play
Department of Classics
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS

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