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Greek Play 2015 - Aristophanes' Clouds

We're delighted to announce that ticket booking for the King's Greek Play 2015 is now open!

It will be directed by Oliver Harrington who has chosen to produce Aristophanes' Clouds, a spectacular comedy with a touch of tragedy. It sees country bumpkin Strepsiades visit Socrates at the mysterious Thinkery, for help in escaping his debts. Here lives a new Argument, that threatens to bring down the Establishment and its values, which old Strepsiades hopes Socrates will teach him. But beware! A storm looms as The Clouds, the philosopher’s mysterious patron goddesses, have a lesson of their own for Strepsiades, and it's certainly no joke. The Executive Producer will be Dr Emmanuela Bakola.

There will be 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
To book, please visit the King’s e-store, or email us for a postal order form.

There will be academic talks at 18.00 before each evening performance, which will be 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?’

Greek Drama Day 2015

As an addition to the play, on Thursday 12 February from 12.00 we will be running our Greek Drama Day for sixth form students.

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

It will be free of charge and open to Year 12 and 13 students, with a maximum of 5 students per school. To book please email
Dr Emmanuela Bakola with the names of your pupils and member(s) of staff that would like to attend. 

Greek Play 2014

The Greek Play for 2014 was Aristophanes' Wasps, directed by Rosa Wicks. Dr Rosie Wyles was the Executive Producer.

For more information on this performance, including a review and the programme, please see the Greek Play archive.

As part of the events connected to the King's Greek play in 2014, we hosted the panel discussion 'Does Greek drama matter now?' with Natalie Haynes, Tom Holland, Edith Hall and Rosie Wyles, and chaired by Victoria Solomonidis. This event was presented under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January-June 2014), in cooperation with the Embassy of Greece and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, UK and was held on 4 February 2014 in the Safra Theatre, King's College London. This event is available to view on
YouTube.


Tradition of the King's Greek Play

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.

Please take a look at the Greek Play archive for performances dating back to 1953.

Get involved

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

Greek Play Archive

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

Contact

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 greekplay@kcl.ac.uk.

To contact the Business Manager, for any questions or issues regarding tickets, DVD sales and invoices, please email greekplay_business@kcl.ac.uk.

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

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