Pompeii Theatrum Mundi

From 22nd June to 23th July at the Large Theatre of Pompeii
the first edition of the festival of ancient drama
From the Oresteia to Prometheus, from Antigone to the Bacchae
under the direction of Luca De Fusco, Massimo Luconi & Andrea De Rosa
A three year project by
the Teatro Stabile of Naples and the Superintendency of Pompeii
Conceived for the Large Theatre of the most awe-inspiring archaeological site in the world - Pompeii - the four year POMPEII THEATRUM MUNDI project is the fruit of the collaboration of the Teatro Stabile of Naples/National Theatre and the Superintendency of Pompeii, as part of the broader programme of promoting the site and subsequent reopening the Large Theatre to the public.
According to the structured program of titles and works, from mid-June to mid-July this year an ancient drama cycle of four great works will be performed on the stage of the Pompeian theatre (constructed in the 2nd century BC), re-enacted to the general public in the charming atmosphere of the excavations.
For Valter Ferrara, president of the Teatro Stabile of Naples: “the new show proposed at Pompeii this Summer consolidates the proposing role of the Stabile and the central role in the cultural and educational processes of the institute across the entire territory”.
“Since 2014 - declares the Superintendent Massimo Osanna - the scenes of the Large Theatre have been restored to an international audience, where the new show of the Teatro Stabile of Naples fits naturally. In the celebration and revival of the uniqueness and sacredness of these places to the public, Pompeii once again distinguishes itself as a laboratory of art and culture, a stage of the world open to both tradition and innovation”.
“Under my direction – Luca De Fusco says – the Stabile proposes a project of ancient drama, a choice as important as it is natural. Works by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides will be presented at the place in which, in all probability, they were shown on stage in Roman times. A place that is not neutral but strongly characterised and full of charm, itself an element of theatrical narration. In this place we will bring back dramatic theatre with a show that we have the honour to announce with its dates and times, and with great, exceptional anticipation”.
The program will open on 22nd June with the Oresteia (Agamemnon and The Libation Bearers/The Eumenides) of Aeschylus, staged by Luca De Fusco and produced by the Teatro Stabile of Naples. The only trilogy of Greek Classical Antiquity to survive in its entirety, from 22nd - 25th June the Oresteia will take the stage on alternate days in the two parts, Agamemnon and The Libation Bearers/The Eumenides.
From 30th June - 2nd July, the national debut of the Prometheus of Aeschylus, directed by Massimo Luconi, will see the actor Luca Lazzareschi  inter role of the great and mysterious mythological character. The production will be conducted by the Teatro Stabile of Naples.
From 5th - 6th July, we continue with the unique Antigone - an African story, from Sophocles’ tragedy, written by Jean Anouilh and directed by Massimo Luconi. Performed in the French language, the production - lead by Terzo piano teatro - originates in Senegal and sets the great Sophoclean parable in the justice of modern Africa.
The fourth date of the cycle will be the national debut of the Bacchae of Euripides, brought to the stage by the director Andrea De Rosa, in the Large Theatre of Pompeii from 14th - 16th July. The production of the show will be conducted by the Teatro Stabile of Naples and the Teatro Stabile of Turin.The cycle closes with Fedra by Seneca directed by Carlo Cerciello from 22th - 23th July: produced by Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico, the show opened with great success the 52nd cycle of classical plays of the Greek theater in Syracuse.
“Five masterpieces of ancient drama - emphasises the director Luca De Fusco - aimed at favouring and enhancing the relationship between container and content, between performance space and theatrical narration, with which we have chosen to initiate this new event destined for the general public, of both Italian and foreign spectators, that the extraordinary location of Pompeii allows and can guarantee”.
All information on tickets, bookings, promotions, groups and transport can be found on www. teatrostabilenapoli.it
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