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Classical Greek Theatre in Sicily May 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Europe.

Ever since 1914, the Greek theatre of Syracuse in Sicily is the location for two months of classical Greek theatre.

The Greek theatre in itself is an extremely impressive structure, part of the Syracuse archaeological park, but the presentation of tragic Greek theatre brings the place back to life.

Last year more than 100,000 persons jammed the more-than-6,000 seats of this most impressive Greek theatre. The two alternating plays are held in the months of May and June. There are still some vacant places to be booked for June. The plays being presented this year are Sophocles’ Trachinie and Euripides’ Eracle. The actors are among the best in their field and the choirs are really special.

Syracuse at the moment is going through an incredible renaissance, especially since its approval as a Unesco World Heritage site. The set of the two plays make good use of the landscape of the theatre and part of the joy of participating is actually this very profound feeling that you are taking part in an event that took place there so long ago. It was very impressive to see young people filling the seats and the participation of such large numbers simply proof that when events are organised well, the people will participate even at a price.

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