The ancient tragedians are back


A few years after its discovery, the Theatre of Dodona partly regained ancient use. On the 5th and 6th of August 1960, two of the finest Greek tragedies were performed, or taught as the ancients used to say, once again: Electra by Sophocles and The Libation Bearers-The Eumenides by Aeschylus.

Seven years later, the Theatre had its first contact with the seventh art.  In 1967, it served as the setting for the film Oedipus the King, a British production directed by Phillip Saville. It boasted an all star-cast, including Christopher Plummer, Lilli Palmer, the legendary Orson Welles as Tiresias as well as Greek actors Demos Starenios, Alexis Mantheakis and Minos Argyrakis. Donald Sutherland was the leading member of the Chorus! The greatest part of the film takes place in the theatre, the empty rows of the cavea acting as a natural extension of the valley of Dodoni.