Performed in Greek by the National Theatre of Greece.
(with scene description in English)
The National Theatre was founded in 1930 by education minister George Papandreou, with a view to promoting culture through theatre and preserving the Greek national identity. The company played in London in a production of Electra in 1939 and were regular visitors to the West End during the 1960s and 70s in the World Theatre seasons at the Aldwych Theatre.
Pericles is shipwrecked at Pentapolis, where he marries Princess Thaisa. They sail for Tyre, but during a storm, Thaisa is presumed dead in childbirth and is buried at sea. A grieving Pericles leaves Marina, the baby, with friends at Tarsus and wanders the seas for 14 years. Meanwhile, Thaisa, washed ashore, is miraculously revived. Marina’s life is full of misfortune but, through twists of fate and divine intervention, the family is reunited at last in this modern adaptation of the tale.
PRINCIPAL CAST AND CREDITS
Pericles: Christos Loulis
Thaisa: Maria Skoula
Narrator: Dimitris Piatas
Simonides/Bolt: Manolis Mavromatakis
Director: Giannis Houvardas
Costume designer: Ioanna Tsami
Music instructor: Melina Peonidou
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