SEVEN AGAINST THEBES by Aeschylus

NATIONAL THEATRE OF NORTHERN GREECE

The NTNG presents Aeschylus’ political tragedy, Seven Against Thebes, directed by the renowned Lithuanian director, Cezaris Graužinis and translated by the Greek poet Yorgos Blanas, one of the most successful performances of last year in Greece.

When his horrific deeds are revealed, Oedipus leaves the throne to his two sons, Eteocles and Polynices, who agreed to rule Thebes in rotation. However, when the time came for Polynices to take reign, Eteocles did not keep his promise. This provoked the wrath of Polynices, who allied with the king of Argos Adrastus and organized a military campaign against Thebes. Seven leaders of each of the two rival armies lined up on either side of the seven gates of Thebes. Eteocles–the tragedy’s only real protagonist–and Polynices end up facing each other outside the seventh gate of besieged Thebes as Eteocles tries to organize a counter attack in a battle which is destined to have no real victor.

An exploration of our commonly shared survival instincts and how these instincts are compatible with our fundamental need to remain human, despite our fears, insecurity, and despair.

▪ With English surtitles

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  • Wednesday 12 July│Curium Ancient Theatre
  • Thursday 13 July│Curium Ancient Theatre

Translated by Yorgos Blanas
Directed by Cezaris Graužinis
Set and costume design: Kenny MacLellan
Music: Dimitris Theocharis
Choreography – Movement: Edgen Lame
Lighting design: Alekos Yiannaros
Music Instruction: Panagiotis Barlas
Assistant to the director: Athina Samartzidou
Assistant to the set and costume designer: Maria Mylona
Production Co-ordinator: Filothei Eleftheriadou

 

Cast:
Eteocles: Yannis Stankoglou
Antigone: Clio-Danae Othoneou
Ismene: Iovi Fragatou
Messenger: Giorgos Kafkas
Herald: Alexandros Tsakiris
Polynices: Giorgos Papandreou

Chorus:
Loukia Vasileiou,
Momo Vlachou,
Dimitris Drosos,
Eleni Thymiopoulou,
Dafni Kiourktsoglou,
Christos Mastrogiannidis,
Vasilis Papageorgiou,
Stavrianna Papadaki,
Grigoris Papadopoulos,
Alexia Sapranidou,
Polyxeni Spyropoulou,
Giorgos Sfyridis,
Evanthia Sofronidou,
Konstantinos Hatzisavvas