POMPEII THEATRUM MUNDI: Ancient theatre among the ancient ruins
POMPEII THEATRUM MUNDI: Ancient theatre among the ancient ruins.
The first edition of the Festival of Ancient Drama is presented this summer at the Large Theatre of Pompeii. For theatre lovers, this is an opportunity to see this type of theatre in a venue that existed during the time of it’s inception.
Starting with the Oresteia, the only complete surviving trilogy of plays by Greek dramatist Aeschylus, consisting of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides, the festival aims to give theatre goers a taste of what times where like for theatre goers of this era. This trilogy of plays dealing with the themes of murder and revenge helped shaped epic drama that we now see in Game of Thrones.
Continuing the festival is an adaptation of Antigone by Sophocles. Adapted by Jean Anouilh and performed in the French language, the production sets the play in Senegal telling the title character’s tragic story attempting to give her brother a proper burial. Next comes the national debut of The Bacchae of Euripides. Premiering after the playwright’s death, the play is based on the myth of King Pentheus of Thebes and is considered one of the best works of Euripides. The festival concludes with Roman playwright Seneca and Phaedra, the story of the wife of King Theseus of Athens.
“Five masterpieces of ancient drama - emphasizes the director Luca De Fusco - aimed at favoring and enhancing the relationship between container and content, between performance space and theatrical narration, with which we have chosen to initiate this new event destined for the general public, of both Italian and foreign spectators, that the extraordinary location of Pompeii allows and can guarantee”.
The Festival runs from June 22nd through July 23rd, please contact Cultural Italy for tickets.
Jennie Olson Six
Cultural Italy Staff Writer