Thursday, April 24, 2014

Shakespeare at Kourion

Shakespeare at Kourion (also known as Shakespeare at Curium) is an annual event in June at the ancient Kourion amphitheater within the Kourion Archaeological Site, which is located in the Limassol district of Cyprus.

According to the website, Shakespeare at Kourion is "an annual production of one of the Bards great works. Produced by the committee for The Performing Arts for Cyprus Charities who rely on the generosity of actors, back stage crew and unsung heroes who give their time and expertise freely year after year, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process."

Shakespeare at Kourion involves various local actors performing a selected play by Shakespeare, such as Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing The specific production of Romeo and Juliet as performed by Shakespeare at Kourion used a timeless setting and minimalist set.

This open-air ancient theater at Kourion is situated near the edge of a cliff with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea.  It's such a picturesque setting, especially with the starry night sky.

Even though the theater location is ideal, the seating is uncomfortable, since this ancient theater was built was rough stone slabs that have survived massive earthquakes, although the theater was restored enough for its current usage.  It's recommended to bring along cushions and occasionally cushions are sold at the event.

The Kourion Ancient Theater was originally built in the 2nd century BC, yet the current structure dates back to the Roman period with 2nd and 3rd century additions and restorations.  In the 4th century, the Theater was destroyed, due to massive earthquakes.  In recent years, this ancient open-air amphitheater has been restored, and it's utilized for musical and theatrical performances, such as Shakespeare at Kourion.

The next scheduled production is Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, on June 27-29, 2014.

Overall, Shakespeare at Kourion provides a lovely evening with a wonderful work of literature performed as a theater production at an ancient archaeological site.

Site: Shakespeare at Kourion. 

Category: Archaeological Site and Activity. 

Location: Kourion Archaeological Site, near the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 99990535.

Operating Hours: Annual event in June. 

Entrance Fee: €20,00. 

Date of Visit: 2011.

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