Parabases: William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


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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.

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12/03
The Comedy of Errors
Translator: Dionysis Kapsalis
Director: Manos Vavadakis

Saturday 08 & Sunday 09/04
The Taming of the Shrew
Translator: Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke
Director: Eva Vlassopoulos

Artistic Direction:
Ektoras Lygizos


Saturday 11/02 & Sunday 12/02, 17.00

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Following a shipwreck, Viola comes ashore at Illyria, believing that her twin brother, Sebastian, who was on the same boat, has drowned. She disguises herself as a young man under the name Cesario and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Viola will fall in love with Orsino, but the latter is in love with Olivia, who in turn falls in love at first sight with Viola/Cesario. Their bizarre love triangle will become even more complicated by the unexpected resurfucing of Sebastian.

One of Shakespeare's most meticulous and popular comedies, Twelfth Night masterfully builds on the dipole of Love and Mourning, constituting an unexpectedly bold study of social gender and sexual identity for its time. Love triangles, mistaken identities, farcical plot twists, witty quips and confessions make up a theatrical universe that is imbued with Dionysiac verve and melancholy sorrow, governed by Desire and its endless transformational powers.

Translated by: Nikos Hatzopoulos
Adapted by: Ektoras Lygizos

Musical Composition - Musician on stage: Nefeli Stamatogianopoulou
Directed by: Katerina Giannopoulou
Actors: Giannis Varsos, Marios Panagiotou, Nancy Sideri, Iasonas Stasinos, Christiana Toka


The 12/02 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 11 February 2023
Sunday 12 February 2023

Starts at

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 16.30
  • 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.
  • 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 Thursday 15/12 at 12.00 (limited number of tickets).
  • Pre-sale for the public starts on Friday 16/12 at 12.00.
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