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).

2023 Plato's Symposium

We are excited to announce the next Classical Play: in February 2023 we will be performing a dramatisation of Plato's Symposium.

A heartbreak spanning centuries. What is love? Do soulmates really exist? Join Alcibiades in crashing one of the most famous dinner parties you’ll ever come across as Plato redefines what it means to be beautiful.

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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Euripides’ Electra

Euripides Electra UCL 2022

Archive and study guides.

Homers Odyssey

Previous Productions

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

Electra Perfomance George Dixon Academy

Introducing Classics

On Thursday the 8th of September students who had been involved in this year’s Classical Play travelled to George Dixon Academy in Birmingham to deliver an afternoon of workshops and performances exploring Greek tragedy for the Year 7 pupils. George Dixon Academy are introducing Classics into their syllabus this year and UCL students Zoë Morris, Lucy Ruddiman, Rob Davidson and Aymen Aulaiwi were thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce them to how exciting and creative engaging with ancient material can be. The day consisted of an interactive introductory exploration of what Greek tragedy might be, followed by performances of extracts from this year’s production of Euripides’ Electra. The pupils were fantastically engaged and feedback from the teachers was very positive. It was a very rewarding experience on all sides and we wish the pupils the best of luck for the rest of the school year!