Friday 24 June 2016 to Monday 29 August 2016

As part of Shakespeare Lives, our global programme marking the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death, we’re joining forces with the Athens International Film Festival and the British Embassy in Athens to present a unique cinematic tribute to Shakespeare under the magnificent Athenian sky at the Athens Open Air Film Festival.

The Athens Open Air Film Festival screenings will be hosted at a variety of venues around the Greek capital – including parks, squares, courtyards, museums, archaeological sites, summer cinemas – to better acquaint residents and visitors alike with a number of well known and perhaps lesser known city spots. Join us for a celebration of cinema and art provided by one of the capital’s most vibrant festivals, where all screenings and wrap-around events are free to the public.

This summer, from late June to the end of August, six films will bring the works of Shakespeare to life in a series of outdoor screenings around the city. Inspired by the great theatrical tradition of Shakespeare, the creative talents of distinguished film directors will come together with modern audiences with a film tribute combining historical dramas with the imaginative creativity and dark humour of the great playwright’s works.

The films included in the tribute are:

  • Friday 24 June 2016 | 21.30
    Richard III
     (1995) directed by Richard Loncraine
    Aigaleo Park, Iera Odos 290
  • Thursday 7 July 2016 | 21.30
     (1971) directed by Roman Polanski
    Pireos 260 (Athens and Epidaurus Festival)
  • Wednesday 13 July 2016 | 22.00
    The Tempest 
    (1979) directed by Derek Jarman
    Pireos 260 (Athens and Epidaurus Festival)
  • Wednesday 20 July 2016 | 21.30
    King Lear
     (1971) directed by Peter Brook
    Pireos 260 (Athens and Epidaurus Festival)
  • Friday 26 August 2016 | 21.30
    Henry V
     (1944) directed by Laurence Olivier
    Dionisiou Areopagitou Street (pedestrianised street, adjacent to the south slope of the Acropolis – opposite the Acropolis Museum)
  • Monday 29 August 2016 | 21.30
    Theatre of Blood
     (1973) directed by Douglas Hickox
    Numismatic Museum (courtyard)

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