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The Greek Play

One of the highlights of the Classics calendar at King’s is the annual Greek Play.

Although classical drama has been performed at the college since the late nineteenth century, the Greek Play in its current form was inaugurated in 1953. King’s remains the only university in the country to perform a piece of Greek drama wholly or partially in the original language every academic year. Overseen by a professional theatre-maker and performed in the professionally-equipped 450-seat Greenwood Theatre each February, the play is directed, designed, choreographed, produced, and performed by current students. It is a great opportunity to engage with the language, style, and subject matter of Greek drama in a unique, immersive way. Students who take part in the play often go on to leadership positions in the Classics Society and beyond, while a number of the play’s alumni have pursued professional theatre careers. 

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Access the complete archive of King's College London's past Greek Play productions here.

 

 
 

General Enquiries & Ticketing Information

Contact our team today with any Greek Play-related queries or questions/issues regarding tickets:

 

 

Most recent Greek Play performance

The sixty-sixth annual Greek Play was Sophocles' Antigone, directed by Helena Ramsay (third year BA Classical Studies). KCL brings Sophocles’ thrilling exploration of resistance and responsibility to life in a daring new production. Ancient questions are re-framed for the twenty-first century: when personal values clash with the government, is duty to your beliefs or to the sanctity of the law more important? How acceptable is civil disobedience against an unchecked power? These questions play out in this battle of the individual against the state, staged under the relentless scrutiny of twenty four hour news. Following the success of last year’s acclaimed production of Medea, which played to over a thousand audience members across its run, the 2019 Greek Play celebrates another defiant woman of Greek tragedy and will again be performed in a combination of ancient Greek and English.

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What students say:

The King’s Greek Play has hugely influenced my ability to practise Classics in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and modern way, while forming a fantastic group of friends within the department.

Marcus Bell, BA Classical Studies 2014-2017 & MA Classical Reception 2017-18 

 

The Greek Play was an extremely valuable and rewarding learning experience for me. It showed my strengths and weaknesses as a leader and allowed me to bring a creative project through to completion. The Play also provided a wonderful opportunity to understand the original ancient texts in greater detail.

Holly Smith BA Classical Archaeology 2016-2019 

 

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