Parabases | Love’s Labours - Εικόνα

Love, seduction and gender identity, as negotiated by William Shakespeare in four of his most characteristic and entertaining comedies, will be the themes of this year’s series of dramatized readers’ theater. 

The world of Shakespearean comedy is a world full of outrageous plots, gender struggles, battles of logic against emotion, endless misunderstandings, passionate love, heroes and heroines who are frantically searching for their identity and their “other half,” witty wordplays, epic altercations, irony of fate and sarcasm of the poet, happy endings, as well as a hefty dose of darkness.

The readers’ theater performances will be staged under the care of four directors of the younger generation, who are distinguished for their highly personalized gaze and method, but also share a love for the texts and for fruitful experimentation with theatrical speech. This year’s PARABASES will be supported by an expanded ensemble of young actors, who will be alternating in the casts to tell complex stories with simple theatrical means and take on the archetypal characters of Shakespearean theatre. The works have been delightfully translated by prominent poets and translators, while artistic director of the series Ektoras Lygizos is also in charge of the dramaturgy and adaptation of the plays.

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12/02
Twelfth Night
Translator: Nikos Hatzopoulos
Director: Katerina Giannopoulou

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12/03
The Comedy of Errors
Translator: Dionysis Kapsalis
Director: Manos Vavadakis

Saturday 08 & Sunday 09/04
The Taming of the Shrew
Translator: Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke
Director: Eva Vlassopoulos

Artistic Direction:
Ektoras Lygizos

Sunday 13/11, 14.00 | 17.00    

William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

The young King of Navarre and his three companions swear off the company of love and earthly pleasures for three years in order to focus on study. However, their oath is immediately put under test as the Princess of France and her ladies arrive at the court for negotiations. 

Love's Labour's Lost, one of Shakespeare's early works, is a charming mix of youth romance, philosophical monologues, frantic conversations, passionate love letters, sonets, disguises, and unexpected swings from dry prose to elaborate verse. Above all else, this play is one of the most heartwarming dissertations ever written on love's power and futility.

Translation: Stratis Paschalis
Adaptation: Ektoras Lygizos

Directed by: Aris Balis
Cast: Vaggelis Ambatzis, Konstantinos Zografos, Katerina Patsiani, Ioanna Piata, Iasonas Stasinos, Areti Tili


The 17.00 o'clock event will be offered with simultaneous interpretation into the Greek Sign Language.  

Advance Ticket Sales Points:

  • Online on Ticket Services website 
  • By phone: 210 7234567 (Ticket Services)
  • At the Ticket Services Box Office (Panepistimiou 39, Athens)

Online tickets pre-sales (Members)
Online tickets pre-sales (Public)

Pre-sale for Members starts on Tuesday 18/10 at 12.00 (limited number of tickets).
Pre-sale for the public starts on Wednesday 19/10 at 12.00

    Ticket Prices: 
    General entrance €12, reduced €8

    Concession tickets of €8 are available to students, people aged 65+,  minors up to 17 years old, the unemployed, Persons with Disabilities along with their companion, multi-child families and residents of the Municipality of Kallithea. Children can sit with their chaperones in any zone, with a concessions ticket.

    On the day of the concert, concession ticket holders will be asked to show their ID, as well as supporting documentation (student card, unemployment card, family status certificate for multi-child parents, certification of disability, utility bill for residents of Kallithea)

    Free tickets are available to Persons with Disabilities, by contacting the call center at 210 7234567 or via email at and by showing their ID and certification of disability on the day of the event.

    Important information:

    • Doors open at 13.30 for the 14.00 o'clock event and at 16.30 for the 17.00 o'clock event.
    • Entrance will be possible up to 10 minutes before the event's commencement.
    • Pre-sale is required. No order of priority will be available on-site.
    • All SNFCC areas are accessible to people with disabilities.
    • For more information or clarifications, please contact the SNFCC switchboard on 216 8091000.


    This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity.

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