Parabases: William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


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Love, seduction and gender identity, as negotiated by William Shakespeare in four of his most characteristic and entertaining comedies, are the themes of this year's series of dramatized readers' theater.

The world of Shakespearean comedy is a world full of outrageous plots, gender struggles, battles of logic against emotion, endless misunderstandings, passionate love, heroes and heroines who are frantically searching for their identity and their "other half," witty wordplays, epic altercations, irony of fate and sarcasm of the poet, happy endings, as well as a hefty dose of darkness.

The readers' theater performances are staged under the care of four directors of the younger generation, who are distinguished for their highly personalized gaze and method, but also share a love for the texts and for fruitful experimentation with theatrical speech. This year's PARABASES are supported by an expanded ensemble of young actors, who are alternating in the casts to tell complex stories with simple theatrical means and take on the archetypal characters of Shakespearean theatre. The works have been delightfully translated by prominent poets and translators, while artistic director of the series Ektoras Lygizos is also in charge of the dramaturgy and adaptation of the plays.

Artistic Direction: Ektoras Lygizos

Saturday 08/04 & Sunday 09/04, 19.00

William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

In Padua of the 1600s, Signor Baptista decides not to marry off his sought-after daughter Bianca before a husband is found for his first-born daughter Katherina. Sweet Lucentio falls madly in love with Bianca, while the rough Petruchio has his eyes on Katherina's dowry and sets out to tame the headstrong young woman.

One of Shakespeare’s most peculiar and controversial comedies, where the usually romantic and lyrical tone is replaced by the cruelty and cynicism of a world that treats women as products for commercial exploitation and/or as wild beards to be tamed. Is it a comedic exploitation, on the part of the poet, of the social stereotypes of his time? Or is The Taming of the Shrew an acerbic satire on misogyny and patriarchy?

Translated by: Katerina Angelaki-Rooke 
Adapted by: Ektoras Lygizos
Directed by: Eva Vlassopoulou

Actors: Eva Vlassopoulou, Korina-Anna Gougouli, Konstantinos Zografos, Ektoras Lygizos, Grigoris Ballas, Katerina Patsiani, Iasonas Stasinos, Aineias Tsamatis

The translation is used courtesy of Dimitris Victor.  

Duration: 60'

The 09/04 event will be offered with simultaneous interpretation into the Greek Sign Language.

This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity



Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Cultural Center (SNFCC)

Event Dates
Saturday 8 April 2023
Sunday 9 April 2023

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Ticket Prices
General entrance €12, reduced €8

Concession tickets of €8 are available to students, people aged 65+, children and young people aged up to 18 years old, the unemployed, companions of Persons with Disabilities, multi-child families and residents of the Municipality of Kallithea.

On the day of the event, concession ticket holders will be asked to show their ID, as well as supporting documentation (student card, unemployment card, family status certificate for multi-child parents, utility bill for residents of Kallithea)

Free tickets are available to Persons with Disabilities, by contacting the call center at 210 7234567 or via email at and by showing their ID and certification of disability on the day of the event.

Printing your tickets
Please download your tickets in a PDF form. You may print them or have them stored into your mobile phone, in order to check in on the day of the event.

Advance sales
- online:
- by phone: 210 7234567
- Ticket Services box office: 39, Panepistimiu Str, Athens

Important Information
  • Doors open at 18.30
  • Entrance will be possible up to 10 minutes before the event's commencement.
  • Pre-sale is required. No order of priority will be available on-site.
  • Entrance allowed for children aged 6+.
  • All SNFCC areas are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • For more information or clarifications, please contact the SNFCC switchboard on 216 8091000.

Booking period

  • Pre-sale for Members starts on Monday 20/3 at 12.00 (limited number of tickets).
  • Pre-sale for the public starts on Tuesday 21/3 at 12.00.
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