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International Festival of Greek Drama in Limassol

An ancient amphitheatre in Greece

The ancient Cypriot town of Limassol, visited by Richard the Lionheart in 1191 during the Third Crusade, is the home of the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute. This was founded in 1977 and hosts the 14th International Festival of Greek Drama from the 1st to the 27th of July.

The Festival includes a variety of performances from international companies and has been exulted as an important contributor in keeping the ancient Greek dramas alive and moving them forward into the 21st century. Companies from a range of countries have participated in the festival, from Russia to the USA and Korea.

The dramas are performed in a unique array of locations around the island, including the amphitheatre at Kuorion, Makarios II Amphitheatre in Nicosia and the Paphos Ancient Odeon, the mythical birthplace of the Greek goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite.

The playwright that will be central in the 2010 festival is the much acclaimed comic writer Aristophanes. Four of his most famous plays are being adapted by the Cyprus Theatre Organisation, The Greek Theatro Technis Karolos Kuon, the Greek National Theatre and most interestingly, the People’s Art Theatre from Wuhan in China. This year will also see a Slovene theatre company attempting Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. The Russian ‘Free Space’ State Theatre Company will perform one of Euripides’ finest works, Alcestis.

Ancient Greek drama is of great interest to a wide variety of both artists and audiences. Why not broaden your experience? If you fancy some experimental theatre watched in unique ancient settings and complemented by beautiful beaches, great food and copious amounts of good wine, Cyprus is a great spot for a summer holiday. Flythomascook operates regular flights to Paphos from a variety of UK airports.

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