The King's College Greek Play has been an annual an uninterrupted tradition since 1953. What distinguishes this event is that the KCL Greek play is the only production in the country to be performed every year in the original Greek
This year's play, Sophocles' Trachiniae, promises to be especially exciting. The play aims to be comprehensible to audiences with all levels of Greek ranging from none to advanced. Surtitles are omitted to put an emphasis on the performance itself, but the play will begin with a brief preface in English, outlining the events that are to take place.
In addition, at a few significant points in the course of the play, passages from English literature are substituted for the Greek to show how the themes of the ancient tragedy still resonate with those of modern literature.
The costumes will be timeless, and the setting and staging of the play will highlight the intimacy, even domesticity, of much of the tragedy.
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