Every three years a production of ancient Greek drama is staged in Cambridge, in the original language with English surtitles. The last Greek Play took place on October 16th-19th 2013, and was a double-bill consisting of the Prometheus Bound followed by Aristophanes' Frogs. Performances were at 2.30 and 7.45 daily, and ran for around 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval). 4812 tickets were sold, plus over a thousand more for our various outreach events.
- 'Henry Jenkinson is marvellous as Prometheus... The staging is inventive and eye-catching... Another highlight is the chorus [of Prometheus]... [Frogs] is bawdy and ridiculous, but razor-sharp and a complete joy to watch... Grab a ticket while you can' (Lizzy Buchan in Cambridge News)
- 'funnier – and livelier - than any West End show you have seen... It is a shriek, and that's what the audience was doing' (Angela Singer, Hunts Post, on Frogs)
- **** 'If the audience sits for a moment in stunned silence as the curtain falls on Prometheus chained to his rock, it erupts in applause as the frogs belt out their final croaks' (Anne Morley-Priestman in What's On Stage)
- 'Henry Jenkinson gives a very powerful performance as Prometheus... Charlie Merriman as Dionysus, and Máirín O'Hagan as his slave Xanthias, were fantastic... The contest between Aeschylus (Geoffrey Kirkness) and Euripides (Freddie Crossley) in Frogs is a real highlight. The hip and irreverent Crossley is a perfect foil for Kirkness' old-fashioned Aeschylus, even, yes, down to their different Greek accents, which really bring the whole literary debate to life. Music and physicality were central to ancient drama; this is brilliantly conveyed, with the entire aesthetic approaching a West End musical. Special mention goes to Lizzie Schenk as an acrobatic frog, and indeed to the entire chorus of frogs... A Hellenist's wet dream' (Ashley Chibber in The Cambridge Student)
- 'The true charm lay in the small modern details: Hercules' KFC bucket, the kazoos in the funeral procession and the cockney and navy boy characters ancient Greek style were particular favourites. As the audience left humming the song of the frogs, the rupture of applause as the final curtain fell was well deserved.' (Charlotte Abell in Varsity)
- 'Henry Jenkinson gives an impressive portrayal of Prometheus... The English translation [of Frogs] is handled brilliantly... As for Eastman's frogs... they steal the show with a range of dancing and vocal talents' (Philippa Williams for Iris Online)
Visit the Archive pages for more information about the history of the Cambridge Greek Plays (under construction). We also have a page to acknowledge our all-important financial supporters, with more information about how you could contribute to maintaining the Greek Play tradition.
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Photo (c) Nick Rutter