Richard II

A Piece for Four Performers
The show takes place in visual installations inspired by the world of Francis Bacon and panoramas of a city in tear-gas. What do spectators reserve for their own Richard? Will they lynch the politician? Will they suggest a way out? An immersive experience that makes Shakespeare an author of the Greek crisis. The Shakespearean masterpiece here adapted for a reduced cast of four.

Credits

Concept + Adaptation + Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou
Translation: Kostas Karthaios

Performers: Meletis Ilias, Aglaia Pappa, Valia Papachristou, Adrian Frieling

Music Composition + Sound Design: Tilemachos Mousas
Set + Costume Design: Aristotelis Karananos, Alexandra Siafkou
Lighting Design: Elli Papakonstantinou

Performances

Vyrsodepseio: 02-06.2014
Athens, Greece

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Reviews

A strikingly political yet also genuinely Shakespearean performance…

Τhis play of over thirty characters is performed by four actors; an endless tapestry of metamorphosis and overlap…

Grigoris Ioannidis | 
Efimerida ton Syntakton | 12.05.2014

Τoday’s world is a new version of the Dark Ages…

The characters are deconstructed, shedding their schematic qualities, their discourse and gender…

Zetta Pasparaki |  Popaganda | 23.05.2014

A performance that makes us believe that 500 years ago Shakespeare was actually writing for Greece in crisis…

Christos Zografos |  Eleftherotypia (printed edition) | 27.02.2014

The director creates impressing images that the actors interrupt with a sharp sense of political satire…

I feel that I have never been exposed to such a theatrical experience in my life

Anastasasis Pinakoulakis |  Tralala | 23.03.2014

History is not necessarily what the winners write, but what the audience falls for…

Manolis Vamvounis |  Monopoli | 10.04.2014

A life-time experience. I’ll never see theatre the same way…

Anastasasis Pinakoulakis |  Tralala | 14.04.2014

Richard,
rock and baroque​…

Burlesque, circus, songs, tableaux-vivants; but also interaction, as the spectator is urged to lynch the kingRichard […] light with fires and surprising tableaux vivants are created with the characters taken from Renaissance paintings and Illusionism, such as “The Assassination of Marat”, “The Last Supper”, while on stage torches light up…

Lifo Team |  Lifo: City Life | 03.04.2014

One of best Greek performances of the last years. Theatre at its best!

A unique two-hour journey […]  rich with ideas and imagery that refers to paintings but also to Peter Greenaway’s cinema, with an overwhelming atmosphere, ritualistically Medieval, obscure, but with the right tone of self-sarcasm.

Konstantinos Tzikas |  Athens Voice | 24.02.2014

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