Ancient Theater of Eretria Reopens After 40 Years



Actors performing in the Ancient Theater of Eretria. Photo by AMNA

The Ancient Theater of Eretria saw audiences returning for the first time in 40 years, for three ancient tragedies performed between September 21 and September 23.

The theater has been undergoing restoration and is gradually returning to working order, with funding from the Central Greece Region, among others.

Talking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (A.M.N.A.), the region’s deputy governor of Evia, Fanis Spanos said the regional authority was extremely pleased to “have been part of this very broad collective effort.”

“The Ancient Theatre of Eretria is a landmark of art, culture and history, with immense value, not only for Eretria but for all Evia and Central Greece. I should mention that the theater is being gradually restored; the work is not complete but some seats have been delivered, so far about 300,” Spanos explained.

He noted that €1.05 million ($1.24 million) in public investments have been earmarked for the Evia Antiquities Ephorate, which is carrying out the restoration with the assistance of local government and associations, and the funding was being gradually absorbed.

The plays performed over the weekend included Euripides’ Eleni, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Persians by Aeschylus. They were part of the pilot Ancient Drama Festival organized by the Pantion University’s classical drama and spectacle.

With information from A.M.N.A.