Athens’ March Theatre Guide

We’ve rounded up the best plays, musicals and film festivals taking centre stage in Athens, that everyone will be talking about in March.

Athens hosts over 1,500 theater performances a year and is rightly characterized as the theatre capital of Greece. And the month of March is proving to be the perfect time to head to the theatre, as some powerful productions are promising to delight and entertain.

Fame The Musical 
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Inspired by the iconic 1980s film that defined the cultural landscape of its time, Fame the Musical chronicles the journeys of aspiring artists at New York’s School of Fine Arts as they strive to succeed in the competitive entertainment world. Created by David De Silva, this renowned production has enjoyed widespread acclaim across over 50 nations and earned three Laurence Olivier Award nominations in the UK. Rooted in the beloved original movie, which garnered two Academy Awards and later spawned a television series and a cinematic remake three decades later, Fame continues to resonate with audiences, capturing the imaginations of newer generations. On the stage of the Christmas Theater in Athens, the famous musical will be performed by a London based cast of talented artists, and it’s directed by Dimitris Malissovas.

Entry: €15-50

When: 1-10 March, 2024

Date & Time: 1 March 8.30 pm, 2 March 5 pm & 9 pm, 3 March 3.5pm & 7.30 pm, 4 March 8 pm, 6 March 8 pm, 9 March 5 pm & 9 pm, 10 March 3.5pm & 9.30 pm

Address: Christmas Theater, 137 Veikou Ave., Galatsi 111 46


Dear England by James Graham
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Joseph Fiennes interprets Gareth Southgate in this new play by James Graham, which examines the state of England today through the course of its national football team.

The country that gave the world football has long been on a painful losing streak. Why can’t England’s men beat themselves at their own game? With a team that has the worst penalty shootout record in the world, Gareth Southgate understands that he must open his mind and face the blow of the past few years to lead his team and country back to the promised land.

Rupert Goold directs this spectacular performance, which will be broadcast live from the Royal National Theater on the stage of the Athens Music Hall.

Entry: €8-15

Date & Time: 14 March, 8.00 pm

Address: Athens Music Hall – Vas. Sofias & Kokkali 1, 11521, Athens


Generation Lost
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This is a melancholy requiem, albeit full of humour, for a generation raised in crisis and facing the fragmentation of its dreams. It is a play that presents a plurality of voices and experiences, combining fact and fiction to present Generation Y in all its complexity and diversity. Τhis is a production for all those who belong to Millennials widely known as the lost generation, but also for those who identify with its dreams and disappointments. A theatrical production for all adolescents trapped in adult bodies. The play is based on research and interviews in six European cities and was written as part of the Goethe Institute’s New Stages Southeast project. It was shortlisted as one of the five best works resulting from the project at the New Stages Southeast Festival in Oberhausen, Germany. After its premiere at the National Theatre of Greece, the play will be performed at the National Theater Mannheim.

Entry: €6-€20

Date & Time: 29 Μarch 2024, 9.00 pm

Address: Ziller Building-Nikos Kourkoulos Stage, National Theater of Greece, 6 Mavromichali, Athens 


The Matchmaker
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s comedy, which opened on Broadway in December 1955, setting a record for performances, and receiving rave reviews from the critics, will be directed by Thomas Moschopoulos highlighting people’s need for companionship and how they must reconcile themselves with difficult realities of life. A journey to 19th century New York begins with the resourceful matchmaker Dolly Levi as a guide, enthusiastically undertaking to find the ideal wife for the rich but cantankerous widower Horace Vandergelder. Dolly works to ensure everyone finds their ideal mate – or at least someone to relieve their loneliness.

Entry: €6-€20

Date & Time: 29 Μarch 2024, 9.30 pm

Address: Ziller Building-Nikos Kourkoulos Stage, National Theater of Greece, 6 Mavromichali Athens 106 79


Beyond Borders Travels to Athens – Cinema 
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The Kastellorizo International Documentary Festival is preparing for its 9th edition and this time it’s coming to Athens! Award-winning documentaries of the 8th Beyond Borders will be screened at the Hellas Film Gallery. With film screenings, Q&As, and masterclasses, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy films from around the world that stood out last August at the festival. Special films that deal with the lesser-known aspects of history, for their social sensitivity, originality and artistic value will be screened in the capital.

Entry: Free

Date & Time: 29-31 Μarch 2024, 6.30-9.15 pm.

Address: Greek Film Archive Foundation – Greek Film Archive Foundation – Athens. Meg. Alexandrou 136, Athens, 104 35


Ultimate Events Guide to Athens in October

Discover the best events taking place in Athens during the month of October. 

As autumn sets in, Athens comes alive with a variety of cultural events to relish. From open-air music concerts under the starry sky to marvelous art exhibitions and festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace the season and immerse yourself in the cultural richness with our top picks for this month.

Vegan Life Festival Athens 2023
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Europe’s most popular vegan festival is back! Since 2016, Vegan Life Festival has been drawing crowds from all over the continent. With two days packed with exciting stuff- you’ll have the opportunity to attend hands-on cooking workshops, insightful panels, a vegan products bazaar, live music, and even a speed dating event for a chance to make some new pals who share your passion for cruelty-free eats. But Vegan Life Festival isn’t just about having a good time – the organisation also has a strong focus on animal rights and initiatives that collect food for those in need.

Entry: Free

Date & Time: 1 October, 11 am- 11pm

Αddress: Peiraios 100, Athens, cultural venue of “Technopolis”

“Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”
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This theatrical play is part crime, part thriller and part comedy. The new production of the iconic Complicité theatre group is based on the multi-translated novel by Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Olga Tokarczuk. Created and directed by Simon McBurney, it questions why is the killing of animals a sport and a hobby and that of humans a murder. A thought-provoking, wry, and otherworldly murder mystery tale about the cosmos, poetry, and the limitations and possibilities of activism has audiences captivated. The performance is in English with Greek surtitles.

Entry: €10-€60

Date 4-7 October, Wednesday-Friday 8.30 pm, Saturday 2.30 pm & 8.30 pm


Αddress: Onassis Stegi 107-109 Syggrou Avenue 1745 Athens, Greece


Seong-Jin Cho at the Athens Concert Hall
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For the talented Seong-Jin Cho, winning the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition most important piano competition in the world – was just the springboard to begin his brilliant career, gaining global fame and becoming the first pianist from his country to do so. The South Korean classical pianist begins another new season at the Athens Concert Hall for a highly acclaimed solo recital that is dominated by two benchmark works of the piano repertoire: Ravel’s imposing Miroirs and Liszt’s explosive Dante Fantasia.

Entry: Ticket prices: €11 – €60

Date & Time: 25 October, 8.30 pm

Address: The Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), 115 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens, 115 21


Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Dmitri Shostakovich
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The Greek National Opera is bringing back one of the most outstanding productions to have graced its stage in recent years. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, an iconic opera of the 20th century and a breathtaking Dmitri Shostakovich masterpiece– is returning to the Stavros Niarchos Hall this month. Conducting is Fabrizio Ventura, while the production’s staging is by Fanny Ardant, working with an all-star international creative team. This timeless masterpiece distinctly sets itself apart as it tackles the place of women within pre-revolutionary rural Russia and captures the audience from start to finish.

Entry: €10-€90

Date 21, 24, 27, 31 October, Performance times: 7.30 pm, Sunday 6.30 pm


Αddress: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Syggrou Avenue 364, 17674 Kallithea


Homecoming | Cycladic treasures on their return journey
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The highly anticipated exhibition “Homecoming. Cycladic treasures on their return journey” will include a display of 15 antiquities for the first time worldwide. Presented by the Museum of Cycladic Art in collaboration with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and this is the first step of the historic agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Museum of Cycladic Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The Met), that foresees the gradual return to Greece of 161 Early Cycladic antiquities of the unique archaeological value of the American collector Leonard Stern. Following this, the entire collection will be exhibited at The Met, before the final return of the entirety of these antiquities to Greece.

Entry: €6

Date & Time: 1-31 October, daily except Tuesdays


Αddress: Stathatos Mansion Vasilissis Sofias ave. & 1, Irodotou str., Athens


Image by Paris Tavitian © Museum of Cycladic Art

Visiting the Grand Municipal Theatre of Piraeus

Having first opened its doors in 1895, the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus immediately became a jewel in Athens, as well as a cultural landmark of the city – offering inspiration and creation for the Greek theatre and music scene.

Considered a theatre of rich history and beauty, it is housed in a grand neoclassical building designed by architect Ioannis Lazarimos, who through his work on this project was able to highlight some of the finest examples of 19th Century Greek architecture. 

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Outside the theatre

The style of the building is described as “classicist”, and is highly influenced by German architect Ernst Moritz Theodore Ziller, who designed hundreds of buildings in Athens and was the most famous architect in Greece at the end of the 19th Century.

The façade of the theatre features four Corinthian columns and a condiment; inside, the stage is considered one of the last surviving monuments of the Baroque era in Europe. It consists of a proscenium and a space for the orchestra, and the auditorium features 1300 seats with stalls, boxes, and balconies that are arranged over four levels. 

The main room was lit by an enormous chandelier, which can still be seen today. There were also spacious dressing rooms and a luxurious sitting lounge for the actors, while the two-level foyer also hosted balls and exhibitions by renowned Greek artists.

Over the years, a range of prominent Greek directors and actors have performed on this stage and it’s considered one of the best theatres in the country. Hosting both theatrical and musical performances, events and exhibitions has played a major role in the city’s cultural scene.

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One of Greece’s most beautiful theatres

Since it first opened, regular maintenance work was done to keep it fresh and inviting, and in 2008, a complete restoration began. In 2013, the stunning building re-opened its doors to the public and curtains were raised once again.

Today, the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus is an imposing neoclassical monument with an exceptional stage, fully operational, with a unique flair. Its extraordinary architecture design still shines through and is worth viewing close up when you are visiting the area, and if you happen to be able to catch a show here, you will undoubtedly be impressed. 

A: Leof. Ir. Politechniou 32, Piraeus 

Municipal Theatre of Piraeus 

Athens’ Historic Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Athens’ famous Odeon of Herodes Atticus has been staging musicals and theatrical performances for over two thousand years.

Set on the southwest slope of the Acropolis, it’s one of the Greek capital’s most striking historic monuments and one of the world’s most stunning open-air theatres.

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One of the world’s oldest functioning theatres

Featuring a three-story stone front wall, the theatre wasn’t always open-air; the original façade of arches was closed in by a wooden and tiled roof and was known as the most prestigious Roman-era theatre in ancient Athens and a landmark of the city, even in ancient times.

The roof burnt down around a century after it was built and its condition declined over the centuries, however, performances and public events still took place- even during the German occupation. 

Herodion was renovated in 1950, with the audience seats and the stage being restored using Pentelic marble; taking the capacity to around 5,000.  

Since its renovation, Herodion became the main venue of the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October each year and it has also hosted some of the world’s leading performers – from home-grown legends including Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, Maria Callas and Nana Mouskouri to international stars such as Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Frank Sinatra and pop icons Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Elton John and Sting.  

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Renovated in 1950

Today you can attend the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, a range of musical events and classical tragedies at Herodion. Under the Athenian-lit sky, you will be able to enjoy a fabulous acoustic performance. Events are held from May through to early October when the theatre is open and if you are in Athens during this time- and there is a performance taking place – we highly recommend you book yourself a ticket as it will definitely be a cultural experience you will never forget! 

Getting there

The Herodes Atticus theatre is located at the base of the southwestern slope of the Acropolis, on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. It is around a 750m walk (10 minutes) from the Acropolis metro station (red line). 

Tip: Photos (with or without flash) or video recording by phone or other devices (without prior permission) are not permitted during a performance.

Main Image by Eric Domas ©