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Actor returns with ‘Don Carlos’ December 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Stage & Theater.
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The play ‘Don Carlos’ is inspired by real people and events that took place during the 16th century in the court of Philip II, king of Spain.

Nikitas Tsakiroglou, artistic director of the National Theater of Northern Greece, has returned to the stage after a two-year break. The acclaimed Greek actor and director is playing one of the lead parts in the theater company’s largest production this season, Friedrich Schiller’s «Don Carlos,» which opened at Thessaloniki’s Vassiliko (Royal) Theater last Friday.

Tsakiroglou plays the part of King Philip II in the play which the National Theater of Northern Greece is staging for the first time. Happy to return to the stage, the artistic director admitted he had missed it. «After spending 48 years on stage, I felt like an orphan,» he said at a recent press conference and pointed out that for the duration of the play he will try to bridge his two obligations, those of an artistic director and an actor.

The play is inspired by real people and events that took place during the 16th century in the court of Philip II, king of Spain. It is a family drama with political extensions. The tyranny of power and the clash between the church and the state cause fear and lead to the popular revolt in Flanders. Set against this background, the king falls out with his son, the heir to the throne, over the queen of France.

«It is a cynical and harsh play, but at the same time it is a hymn to freedom and a cry against tyranny, though not against the tyrant,» wrote the director, Constantinos Arvanitakis, in his introductory note.

The production uses the translation of Marlena Georgiadi and also stars Manos Gavras as Don Carlos, Alekos Syssovitis as Rodrigo and Kleio-Danae Othonaiou as Queen Isabella. The sets and costumes are by Eleni Manolopoulou.

At the The Vassiliko Theater, White Tower Square, Thessaloniki, tel 2310 288000. Performances take place Wednesdays to Saturdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., with additional shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

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