Department of Greek & Latin


2024 Euripides' Bacchae

The UCL Greek and Latin department presents a musical interpretation of Euripides’ Bacchae. The production (directed by Pari Ahuja and produced by Ed Kirby) will benefit from the expertise of dramaturg, theatre director and scholar David Bullen (RHUL), and the performance week will feature a variety of pre-show talks and workshops by well-established scholars and theatre practitioners. These are aimed particularly at students studying Greek drama and culture in GCSE and A-levels.

2024 Euripides' Bacchae

A video of the performance will be available upon request.

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More about the UCL Classical Play

This is now one of the most famous and long-running commitments to the modern production of ancient drama in the world. It attracts large audiences, many of whom are young people studying classical drama at school or university, and is regularly reviewed in the national press. Ticket prices are kept low. 

The production is managed by students in the Department of Greek and Latin, with help and advice from staff. A number of former students involved in the classical play have gone on to careers in drama. Students choose a director and a producer in the autumn: the title of the play for the following year is announced in late October (and is advertised on this website).

The Department of Greek and Latin is committed to bringing these productions to the widest possible audience. For each production we run a programme of lectures and workshops, free and open to the public, which are run by leading academics and theatre experts from across the UK. For the benefit of schools and colleges we also create a web-page of study materials on ancient drama in general, and with special focus on the current year's performance.