Aiming to set out “a completely different and creative course, worthy of all the great European theaters,” as its new artistic director Takis Tzamargias stated, the Municipal Theater of Piraeus returned yesterday to life and to its town, opening its gates to the public in the presence of the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, and of Prime minister Antonis Samaras. The inauguration was also attended by the Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni.
The curtain of the Municipal Theater of Piraeus opens again after 14 years of silence. This is a new era for the Theater of Piraeus, an important neoclassical monument with 118 years of history.
The scene of the emblematic theater, a significant sample of public architecture of 19th century in Greece, which bears the signature of Ioannis Lazarimos, has hosted some of the greatest figures of the Greek theater: From Cybele, Marika Kotopouli, Katina Paxinou, Alexis Minotis, Aimilios Veakis, to Manos Katrakis, Ellie Lambeti and Dimitris Horn. For this reason, the current anticipation of the people of the theater for its “second life” is great, as are the expectations.
The six-day inaugural celebration of the theater includes events, tours, concerts and a performance dedicated to the history of the theater.
The Piraeus Municipal Theater sets sail with the production “The Streets of Piraeus,” featuring a performance designed especially for the occasion by Fokas Evangelinos, starring popular actors Yiannis Bezos, Stamatis Fasoulis, Dimitris Lignadis, Eleni Kokkidou, Yiannis Zouganelis, Kerasia Samara and Thanasis Alevras, among others, as well as local rap acts. The inspiration for this performance is the theater itself, the memories – artistic and historical – and of course the importance of the port of Piraeus.
The “Streets of Piraeus” will be played from Thursday October 24 to Sunday October 27.
“Like those who passed from this place, leaving their aura, so we, the creative team and the actors involved, are glad that the theater welcomes us, glowing and rejuvenated, ready to set sail in theatrical and musical seas,” said Fokas Evangelinos.