Our Homage To World Theatre in 4 Acts
Greeks, Romans & Spaniards. Ole!
Athens & Epidaurus Festival; Almada International Theatre Festival; Merida Classical Theatre Festival; Almagro International Festival of Classical Theatre; The Grec Festival of Barcelona
Act 1 of our 21-day love affair with theatre opens with 10 days in Greece, the birthplace of Western theatre. Act 2 transports us to Lisbon and western Spain, where we indulge in the theatrical ostentation of the Romans and experience a production in Merida’s celebrated Roman Amphitheatre. Act 3 takes us deep into La Mancha with the romance of Don Quixote and the Spanish Golden Age. And finally, Act 4 brings us to the now in Barcelona amidst the vibrancy of the Catalan commitment to contemporary creativity.
For us, the curtain will come down on our 21-day Homage to Theatre in Barcelona. As one of the most vibrant and creative cities in the world, Barcelona not only provides a perfect backdrop to celebrate international theatre, but its captivating and creative culture also makes one want to return again and again. And indeed it is those same creative impulses that compel us to see the world and to see world theatre – again and again. Please enjoy!
Act 1: Ancient Greece – the Birthplace of Western Theatre
Athens & Epidaurus Festival
Imagine 10 days in Greece at the height of the European summer. Revel in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, the endless blue skies, azure seas, fabulous food and impeccable hospitality as we savor the past in the present. Marvel at, and experience productions in, the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros, the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidavros and The Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
This is travel off the beaten track and an indulgence of the senses that rewards intellectual curiosity.
10 days in Greece including:
- 6 nights in Athens
- 1 night of seaside indulgence in rural Epidavros
- 3 nights of Odyssean intrigue on the Island of Ithaca
- 5 productions from the Athens & Epidaurus Festival
- 6 guided tours to Ancient sites:
- The Acropolis (including the Theatre of Dionysis and Herodes Atticus);
- The Acropolis Museum, Theatre Museum and National Theatre
- Delphi and the Theatre of Apollo;
- Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio;
- The Ancient Theatre, The Little Ancient Theatre and Asclepeios’ Healing Sanctuary at Epidavros;
- Homer’s Walk to The School of Homer and the Palace of Odysseus.
Act 2: Lisbon – Gateway to the Romans & Merida, Spain
Almada International Theatre Festival & Merida Classical Theatre Festival
Lisbon, on the Iberian Peninsula, provides an exotic stepping-stone in the historical continuation of world theatre. The existence of theatres in Portugal and Spain demonstrates the extent of Greek influences abroad and the transition of Greek to Roman theatre. While there are many Roman theatre sites throughout Europe, the most intact, operative and thrilling Roman theatre is located in Merida, Spain – just a short drive eastward from Lisbon – where in the warmth of a long, balmy summer evening, we will experience world theatre of the Classical Age – with some other 4000 theatre lovers.
2 nights in Lisbon including:
- Transfer from Athens to Lisbon
- Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Cascais Pousada
- Afternoon at leisure in Cascais
- Dinner and Fado show in Lisbon
- Private yacht tour of Lisbon Harbour
- Tour of Roman Theatre Museum and other sites
- A Portuguese Theatre Performance
- Road trip from Portugal to Spain via Evora
2 nights in Merida including:
- Accommodation Merida Parador
- Leisure time in the World Heritage City of Merida
- Guided tour: Roman Theatre, Amphitheatre of Merida, Roman Bridge, Aqueducts and Temples
- A performance from the International Classical Theatre Festival in the Roman Amphitheatre
Act 3: Castile La Mancha – The Romance of Don Quixote & The Spanish Golden Age.
Almagro International Festival of Classical Theatre
Castile La Mancha is the landscape of Don Quixote, and the inspiration for the rural sensibilities expressed not only by Cervantes, but many other Golden Age playwrights such as Lope de Vega, Rojas Zorrilla and Tirso de Molina, and the 21st century filmmaker, Pedro Almodavar. Almagro, in the heart of Castile La Mancha is a theatre lovers’ oasis.
An utterly charming small town with six theatres, including the fully operational C16 Corral de Comedias, it has remained synonymous with theatre for over 400 years. It is here we will explore the International Festival of Classical Theatre, the unique Manchego cuisine, wines and handcrafts along with the captivating La Mancha landscape.
4 days in Almagro including:
- 4 nights of 16th century elegance at the Almagro Parador
- 4 productions from the Almagro International Festival of Classical Theatre presented in either the Corral de Comedias, Teatro Municipal, Teatro San Juan Hospice or Teatro La Veleta located in the Don Quixote Cultural Park
- 2 x 1-Day Tours: Including tracing the Don Quixote route to the windmills at Campos de Criptana and Consuegra; the castle of the Knights of Calatrava at Campo de Calatrava; and Calzada De Calatrava – the birthplace of Pedro Almodavar. Private wine tasting with lunch, and a visit to a bull ranch
- Meet and Greet Festival Personnel/Actors
- Day tour of Toledo and fast train transfer Toledo to Barcelona via Madrid.
Act 4: Barcelona – Beyond the Baroque in Contemporary Catalonia
The Grec Festival of Barcelona
From the sedate charm of rural Spain we find ourselves in one of the most vibrant and contemporary capital cities in the world. Barcelona is enriching, energetic and inspiring. With a relentless creative spirit and Catalan pride, Barcelona successfully projects itself as Spain’s most creative city. There is so much to see – and be amazed by – in Barcelona. The Grec Festival of Barcelona offers theatre, dance, music and circus in a variety of locations throughout the city and the Grec Theatre at Montjuic (created for the World Exhibition of 1929) is just one example of Catalan determination to make its mark on the world theatre stage.
In 2013 and 2014, the range of contemporary works offered by local and international theatre companies included Beckett, Ionesco, Camus, Ingmar Bergman, Pinter, Jarry and more. In 2015 we will enjoy 3 Grec Festival performances.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso
3 nights in Barcelona including:
- Fast Train from Madrid
- 2 private tours to be selected from:
- Gaudi Modernisme Architecture: Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo
- Day Trip to Salvadore Dali’s Theatre Museum at Figueres
- Tour of Barcelona’s Ciutat del Teatre
- Barcelona Cuisine
- 2 Theatre Performances from The Grec Festival
- Transfers to airport (if applicable)