Department of Greek & Latin


Classical Play

The UCL Classical Drama Society and the Department of Greek and Latin each year present a classical play in English translation in UCL's own theatre, the UCL Bloomsbury. The play takes place in February each year (about the same time as the ancient Athenian dramatic festival known as the Lenaia).

2022 Euripides’ Electra

Electra 2022

We are excited to share that the next Classical Play has been announced; in February 2022 we will be perfoming Euripides’ Electra.

The cycle of murder and revenge of the house of Atreus is reaching its end. Electra and her brother Orestes are bound to complete it. Away from the grand setting of Aeschylus' and Sophocles' versions, Euripides tells this story from within Electra’s ordinary home in the countryside. He invites us to intimately witness the comedy, tragedy and humanity of his characters.

More information and Tickets

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. 

Interview with TORCH (Oxford) about the importance and tradition of the Greek/Classical play: 

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Odyssey Festival

UCL Odyssey Festival 2021

This year’s Classical play was not a conventional stage performance of a Greek play. We decided to do something special with the text we had chosen to work on for this year: Homer's Odyssey.

Podcast Episode recorded at the APGRD (Oxford) bringing together representatives from University College London and Oxford University to discuss their respective classical plays, a rich university tradition for each which has been forced to adapt significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Interviewed by guest presenter Dr David Bullen (top left, himself a theatre producer working on the King's College London play since 2015), the teams discuss their ongoing projects and hopes for the future.

Greek Goddess

Previous Productions

Take a look back at some of our past classical play productions.