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Greek Play 2016 - Euripides' Alcestis

We're delighted to announce that the King's Greek Play 2016 will be Euripides' Alcestis. It will be directed by Saara Salem and the Executive Producer will be Dr Emmanuela Bakola.

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

Information about how to book will be posted here soon.

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

For enquiries, please contact

Greek Play 2015 - Aristophanes' Clouds

Oliver Harrington chose 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 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

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.


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, DVD sales and invoices, please email

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

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