Andrew visits the home of theater (*shudder*) – a picture diary

Monday 2 July 2007

Regular readers will know that the West End Whingers travel together only in the most dire circumstances.

The security of London’s West End theatreland dictates that – like the US President and Vice-President – they must never travel in the same plane.

So when it was determined that – in the interests of academic research – one of them would have to visit Greece, the home of theatre (*shudder*), straws were drawn and Andrew’s was shorter. So it was that Andrew found himself in the Theatre of Dionysus at the foot of Athens’ Acropolis.

Actually, it was full of fascinating facts:

  • Dionysus was the god not only of plays but also of wine. This made perfect sense to the Whingers.
  • The theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people – imagine the queues at the bar in the interval.
  • It was the first stone theatre ever built and the seats are more comfortable than those at the Donmar Warehouse.
  • Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Aeschylus all had their plays performed here. Phil was at the first nights of all of them.

Theatre of Dionysus

Anyway, despite its age the venue was still able to weave its magic spell and the effect on Andrew was inevitable and practically instantaneous:

Andrew at the theatre of Dionysus

Still, there were delightful souvenirs to be had.

Tragedy masks

3 Responses to “Andrew visits the home of theater (*shudder*) – a picture diary”

  1. I especially enjoyed the line about the seats being more comfortable than Donmar’s – safe travels, Andrew!

  2. stephen Says:

    I studied Greek for donkeys years and have still never been to the bloody place. Put off by penury mostly, but since Easyjet it’s been the twin terrors (for me) of heat and traffic. So thank you for the lovely pictures of what I’ve been missing all this time. Btw if Phil was there for the first preview of Aeschylus’s Furies play, can he confirm there was mass fainting because they were so scary? Or maybe it was just some dodgy oinos and the costume department got the blame somewhere along the line.

  3. @ Steve : It’s true about the Donmar!

    @ Stephen: If there was mass fainting and Phil was there it was probably something to do with the sloppy arrangement of his toga. Happens more often than you’d think.

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