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Greek Theatre

The theatre, and plays, were invented by the Greeks, in the 6th century BC (600-500BC). In the 5th century, famous playwrights such as Aeschylus and Sophocles entered their plays into competitions. Two and a half thousand years later their plays are still performed. Many English words referring to the theatre are from Greek, such as theatre, drama, scene, actor, comedy, tragedy, chorus, and orchestra.

Follow the links to learn more about the Greek theatre.

1. The Beginnings of Greek Theatre

2. The Play Competition at the Dionysia

3. Tragedies and Comedies

4. Famous Playwrights and Plays

5. Costumes, Masks, and Scenery

6. Theatres

The Theatre of Epidauros

Links to the plays performed in the workshop:


Odysseus and The Cyclops

Theseus and the Minotaur

Odysseus and the Cyclops

Perseus and Medusa

More authentic versions of the plays