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Alcestis: The Greek Play returns

137 years after it was the first Greek Play performed in the Dining Hall, Alcestis returns to the Greek Theatre, becoming the 40th Greek production in the College's history. Last performed in 1988, some guests may remember it well and even remember their lines!

Alcestis presents the story of the wife of Admetus, who - according to Greek mythology - sacrificed her own life in order to bring her husband back from the dead.

Admetus, the King of Pherae in Thessaly, marries Alcestis, the daughter of Pelias, King of Iolcus. On their wedding day, Admetus offends the goddess Artemis, condemning himself to an early death. Apollo, indebted to Admetus, intervenes, extracting a promise from the Fates that at the appointed time of death, they will accept a willing substitute. With no one else willing to sacrifice themselves, Alcestis prepares to give up her life for her the man she has just recently married.

This year's play will be performed at the end of June in Greeker starting after the Reunion Celebration on Saturday 22 June at 7pm with the last performance on Wednesday 26 June at 7:30pm.

Tickets are now available to book here

Please be aware this is an open-air venue and may be subject to late changes or cancellations due to weather conditions.

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