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King Lear

William Shakespeare

From 16.12.2023

ZILLER BUILDING - MAIN STAGE

Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear comes to the Main Stage of the National Theatre of Greece, with Yannis Houvardas introducing us to a world in which power means everything and challenging it leads nowhere.

The play charts Lear’s journey into darkness, inner desolation and madness, following his decision to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. The tragedy that unfolds will leave none of the protagonists unscathed.

Written in 1608, Shakespeare’s bleakest work deals with the question of power, the decline that comes with its loss, and the complexities of family relationships. Assisted by a multi-layered set design that extends into the bowels of the Ziller Building and embraces the art of cinema with extensive use of live video, the director plunges us into the mind of Lear: a man who has casually surrendered his authority, a child who seeks in vain to be reunited with his mother, and a stiff-necked patriarch who upholds a rigid code not unlike that of a criminal organisation.

Taking the translation of Dionysis Kapsalis as his starting point, and with a band of three musicians and a large company of established and younger actors, Yannis Houvardas offers his own reading of King Lear in a production in which the audience, just like the main characters of the tragedy, will take part in a grim mind game, and in which the boundaries between theatrical experience and cinematic illusion are as blurred as the line that separates reason from madness in the phrases uttered by the deposed king’s Fool. The role of Lear is played by Giannis Dalianis.

Information

Wednesday & Thursday| Premium seats €18 | Zone A €16|Zone B €15
Friday| General admission €13
Saturday, Sunday & public holidaysPremium seats €25 | Zone A €20 | Zone B (lower circle) €18 | Zone C (upper circle) €10

 

SPECIAL PRICES 

Student/youth (up to 28 years of age)
€10 (not including premium seats)

Over-65s
Wednesday| €10 (not including premium seats)
Thursday – Sunday| €13 (not including premium seats)

Unemployed
every day (not including premium seats) €5

Disabled
(every day) €5| disabled companion €5

Large families
every day |(not including premium seats) €10

Entrance for drama school students, members of Greek Actors Union, and Theatre Studies Students is free (does not apply at weekends).

On bank Holidays, weekend prices apply.

Restricted view seats €10

EXPERIMENTAL STAGE - EMERGING ARTISTS | Actions  8€

Early Bird | 10€

NTG box offices are closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

 

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE
At NTG box offices (Ziller Building & Rex Theatre)
Debit or Credit cards may be used at NTG box offices and
at TIcketservices, online purchase of tickets: www.ticketservices.gr/ Tel: 210 7234567/ Ticketoffice: Panepistimiou 39 (Pesmazoglou Arcade)

From 16.12.2023

ZILLER BUILDING - MAIN STAGE

from 16/12
16 & 26/12 | 17:00 
17/12 | 20:30

from 3/1
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday | 20:30
Sunday | 17:00
31/1 | 19:00

from 1/2
Wednesday & Sunday | 19:00
Thursday, Friday, Saturday | 20:30 

from 16/12 to 30/12 the part of "King Lear" is being played by Leonidas Kakouris and the part of "Earl of Kent, Lear's right hand" is being played by Giannis Dalianis.

 

Duration: 180' with intermission

The production is not recommended for under-16s.

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media galleryphotos by © karol Jarek

King Lear

William Shakespeare

ZILLER BUILDING - MAIN STAGE

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