Hippolytus – Phaedra
Periodic Exhibition

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the informal opening of the Epidaurus performances in 1954 with Euripides’ Hippolytus directed by Dimitris Rontiris (National Theatre of Greece) with Alekos Alexandrakis in the title role, the Epidaurus exhibition hall, inaugurated in 2023 thanks to the valuable support of the Ministry of Culture, comes to life again this year with a temporary exhibition dedicated to the figures of Hippolytus and Phaedra. Open to the public throughout the performances at the Argolic theatre, the exhibition presents the iconic hero and heroine as we got to know them at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus during its 69 years of operation. According to the myth, Phaedra, wife of King Theseus, a pawn in the revenge plan of the goddess Aphrodite, falls in love with Hippolytus, son of her husband and the Amazon Hippolyta. Dedicated to the worship of the goddess Artemis, Hippolytus denies Phaedra’s love, with dire consequences.

Precious documents from the archives of the Athens Epidaurus Festival and of many other cultural organisations and theatre companies invite the visitor to a journey through costumes, masks, maquettes, scores, and audiovisual material in a modern exhibition environment. A fascinating retrospective of the productions and performances that captured the momentum of unrequited love in all its forms in the national landmark of Ancient Drama, from the 1950s to the present day.