Shakespeare's Globe

Pericles [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Giannis Houvardas
Translated by: Dionisis Kapsalis

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

Performed in Greek by the National Theatre of Greece, from Athens, Greece.

The National Theatre of Greece are no stranger to London: Dimitris Rondiris' productions of Hamlet and Electra played at His Majesty's Theatre in 1939, and the company was a regular in the World Theatre Seasons at Aldwych in the 1960s and 1970s. Like Pericles, they have finally returned - with twelve of Greece's leading actors - to tell this story of wild wanderings around the Mediterranean basin, and their redemptive conclusion.


Pericles, pursued by his enemies, is shipwrecked at Pentapolis, where he marries Princess Thaisa. Learning of Antiochus’ death, they sail for Tyre, but, during a storm, Thaisa is presumed dead in childbirth and is buried at sea. A grieving Pericles leaves Marina, the baby, with friends at Tarsus and wanders the seas for fourteen years. Meanwhile, Thaisa, washed ashore, is miraculously revived. Marina’s life is full of misfortune but, through twists of fate and divine intervention, the family is reunited at last.


  • Costume Design Ioanna Tsami
  • Lighting Design Lefteris Pavlopoulos
  • Music Melina Peonidou


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