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Greek Play 2017 - Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound

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The Department of Classics is delighted to announce that the 2017 Greek Play will be Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, directed by finalist Maria-Pia Aquilina, with executive producer David Bullen.  

A curious and provocative play, it is set in the distant mythological past, in which a tyrannical Zeus has freshly gained control over the cosmos. Prometheus, once a staunch supporter of Zeus, has turned rebel by allying himself with human-kind and preventing their total destruction at the hands of the universe’s new ruler – now he must face his punishment.

Excitingly, this will be the first time the Department has produced Prometheus Bound in the Greek Play’s 64-year history.

There will be five performances of the production at the Greenwood Theatre near London Bridge:

  • Wednesday 8 February 2017 – 14.30 and 19.00
  • Thursday 9 February 2017 – 19.00
  • Friday 10 February 2017 –  14.30 and 19.00

The show will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Tickets can now be purchased here. Please note that school bookings should be made through our business manager, Saara Salem ( – this year, teachers accompanying a school group are eligible for free tickets.

There will be academic talks before each evening performance, which will be free for ticket holders to attend. These will be at  6pm at the Greenwood Theatre and will last approximately 40-45 minutes. This year, our speakers are:

  • Wednesday 8 February – Dr Will Shüler (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Thursday 9 February – Professor Edith Hall (King’s College London)
  • Friday 10 February – Dr Lucy Jackson (King’s College London)

In addition, a free Greek Drama Day for schools and members of the public will take place on Wednesday 8 February. An annual KCL tradition, this is an exciting opportunity to hear academics and theatre practitioners discuss Greek drama (both comedy and tragedy). This year’s day will include a workshop from the critically acclaimed Actors of Dionysus. To book, and for any other Greek Play related enquiries, please contact David Bullen at


Greek Play 2016 - Euripides' Alkestis

The 2016 Greek Play was Euripides' Alkestis, directed by Saara Salem, with executive producer David Bullen. The performance ran from 10-12 February 2016 in the Greenwood Theatre and was preceded by talks from Professor Hugh Bowden (KCL), Professor Edith Hall (KCL), and Dr James Robson (Open University).

In this Athenian tragedy, 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, Alkestis, volunteers herself. The play begins on the day when Alkestis 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.

A review of the play can be found in the Greek Play archive.

As an addition to the play, a free-of-charge 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 Department of Classics staff.  

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

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