Greek Theatre

The theatre of Ancient Greece flourished between 550 BC and 220 BC. A festival honouring the god Dionysus was held in Athens, out of which three dramatic genres emerged: tragedy, comedy and the satyr play.

Western theatre has its roots in the theatre of Ancient Greece and the plays that originated there. This collection features video about Greek theatre and productions of Greek plays staged at the National Theatre.

You can also view the Greek Theatre at the National Theatre online exhibition on Google Cultural Archives.

This film explores the role of women in Ancient Greek society and the representation of female identity in Antigone, Women of Troy and Medea.

Discover more about the theatre of Ancient Greece, with this film that examines the role of the chorus, a defining aspect of the plays that emerged there between 500BC and 220BC.

This is a short film about Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama.

An introduction to Greek theatre with Edith Hall, Sean McEvoy and Laura Swift.

A brief introduction to the themes, plot and key characters of Antigone by Sophocles.

This film looks at the relationship between Antigone and Haemon.

This video looks at the role of religion in Antigone.

This film looks at the relationship between the two main characters in Antigone.

This film explores the conflict in Polly Findlay's production of Antigone between Family and State.

This film offers an introduction to the Ancient Greek Chorus.