Epidaurus, a stone amphitheatre built in 4th century BC, saw the ancient tragedies performed at the time when the plays were freshly written and competed among themselves in front of an audience of 14 thousand spectators - that is the number of people for which the open-air amphitheatre with a view of a magnificent mountain landscape and unique acoustic properties - viewers sitting in the last row hear every word spoken on the stage - was originally designed.
The Greeks try to keep this wonderful theatre alive and artistically active. In the summer, the amphitheatre hosts Festival Epidaurus which offers an opportunity to explore Greece as the birthplace of the theatre: every year a significant place in the programme is taken by new stage versions of classical Greek plays. The programme comprises a selection of classical tragedies and comedies, as well as a number of contemporary sequels to the „Greek cause".
Keywords: theatre, theatres, Greece