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January 2019


La Bayadère  

The Royal Ballet  



Broadcast from the Royal Opera House, Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life. Nikiya, a temple dancer, is in love with the warrior Solor.  


Dancers: Vadim Muntagirov, Natalia Osipova, Marianela Nuñez  

Choreography: Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa 

Music: Ludwig Minkus 

Orchestration: John Lanchbery 

Production: Natalia Makarova 

Set designer: Pier Luigi Samaritani 

Costume designer: Yolanda Sonnabend 

Lighting designer: John B. Read 

Projection design: 59 Productions 



André Rieu New Year’s Concert 

Sydney 2019 ENCORE 



One of Event Cinemas’ biggest names, André Rieu, returns with a major new production this New Year’s 2019! The “King of Waltz” André Rieu will bring to millions of fans across the world, his New Year’s concert recorded live in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall.  

A magical evening of music and dance featuring his world-class sopranos, The Platin Tenors, and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the new year!  


In collaboration with Inner Wheel Limassol. 


9 The Sound of the Gun 

Loula Anagnostaki  

THOC New Stage  


One of the most acclaimed Greek theatrical plays, The Sound of the Gun, written by Loula Anagnostaki is presented for the first time on stage in Cyprus, directed by Adonis Florides. Illustrating the strong bond between mother and son, the play portrays their relationship, which despite being strained by conflict and tension, it remains unbreakable. 


Writer: Loula Anagnostaki 

Director: Adonis Florides 

Language: Greek 

Year Written:  

Set and costume design: Lakis Genethlis 

Music and soundscape design: Christina Georgiou 

Lighting design: Stavros Tartaris 

Cast: Yiorgos Anayiotos, Loukas Zikos, Andreas Koutsoftas, Maria Michael, Rania Schiza, Victoria Fota 

In Greek with English and Turkish surtitles. 

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Vasilis Papakonstantinou - Odysseas Ioannou  



A year after their successful performance titled 9:05, which lasted three years, counted 270 concerts and gathered 130.000 spectators, Vasilis Papakonstantinou meets Odysseas Ioannou on stage and, together, they perform beloved songs and narrate short stories about hope, beauty, fate, desire, the sun and the dream.  



Andreas Apostolou: piano, keyboards, arrangement 

Vangelis Paterakis: electric bass 

Stephanos Dimitriou: drums 

Mary Brozi: violin, vocals 

Yiannis Avgeris: guitars, wind instruments

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Adriana Lecouvreur  

The MET: Live in HD  

Francesco Cilea  



Soprano Anna Netrebko takes on for the first time at the Met the title role of the 18th century actress Adriana Lecouvreur. A co-production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, Gran Teatre del Liceu – Barcelona, Wiener Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera and L’Opéra National de Paris conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Sir David McVicar, who ingeniously sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theatre. 


Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda  

Production: Sir David McVicar  

Set designer: Charles Edwards  

Costume designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel  

Lighting designer: Adam Silverman  

Choreographer: Andrew George  

Associate director: Justin Way  

Live in hd director: Gary Halvorson 

Live in hd host: Matthew Polenzani 



Adriana: Anna Netrebko,  

Princess of Bouillon: Anita Rachvelishvili,  

Maurizio: Piotr Beczała 

The Abbé: Carlo Bosi  

Michonnet: Ambrogio Maestri  

Prince of Bouillon Maurizio Muraro 

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Four Fables and A Queen 

(43’) 6+ 

A fascinating performance for the entire family. Four stories wrapped in a fable: A comedy in mime and in words for eight animals and one queen. A virtuous combination of words in English and Greek, with movement and drama that captivate both children and adults. A multi-awarded performance from Israel that has travelled all over the world.  


Written, directed and performed by awarded actress Ruti Tamir.  


Co-organised by the Embassy of Israel in Cyprus.  



Yiannis Kotsiras - Thodoris Economou  


A piano and voice recital featuring songs by prominent songwriter Manos Eleftheriou who passed away last summer. Yiannis Kotsiras, one of the most acclaimed and beloved Greek singers, meets on stage composer and pianist Thodoris Economou. In an era of extreme “show-off”, the two friends and artists focus on the essence of music without embellishments, driven by their love for the work of this remarkable songwriter, as well as their need to present a song in its bare form. 


Sound: Lambros Bounas 

Production Supervisor: Menta Art Events - 




Sarah Ruhl 




Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl draws inspiration from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, retelling with humour and delicacy a contemporary version of the classic tale. A play of sounds, music and songs illustrating the power of love and the thin line separating life from death. 


Writer: Sarah Ruhl 

Translation: Dimitris Tarlow 

Language: Greek 

Written in: 2003 

Directing/ Movement/ Choreography/ Lyrics: Marios Mettis 

Set and Costume design: Nikos Kouroushis 

Music: Christina Georgiou 

Lighting design: Cecilia Tselepidi 

Cast: Georgina Tatsi, Yiannis Karaoulis, Vasilis Vasilakis, Marios Mettis, Eleonora Vasiliou, Pinelopi Vasiliou, Themis Ppolou. 




Cyprus Symphony Orchestra 


The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra rings in the new year with music by the Strauss Family. From Winter Joy Polka by Josef Strauss to Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss, the concert also features excerpts from Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, as well as Eugene Onegin. 


Soloist: Anastasia Maximova Gonsales Moreau (mezzo-soprano) 

Conductor: Jens Georg Bachmann 

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Letter to a Child never Born 

Orianna Fallaci  



A play based on a book adaptation of Letter to a Child Never Born written by feminist journalist Orianna Fallaci, partner of Alexandros Panagoulis. A tragic monologue - a diary or a letter of a woman speaking with the child she carries in her womb. The raw realism of this strong text, as well as the author’s overwhelming statement are both shocking and devastating, yet they critically comment on social issues that are still relevant today. Actress Zeta Douka in the title role, is looking deep into the soul, gave a heart-breaking performance. 


Writter: Orianna Fallaci  

Language: Greek 

Year written: 1975 

Actress: Zeta Douka 

Directed by: Manos Petousis.  

Theatrical adaptation: Maro Bourdakou. 

Music: Yiorgos Christianakis. 



The Bolshoi  



The film tells the true story of a young country girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Despite the difficulties and obstacles, she reaches her goal and becomes prima ballerina at the famous Bolshoi Theatre.  


Writer: Anastasiya Palchikova 

Production Year: 2017 

Directed by: Valery Todorovsky 

Music: Anna Drubich, Pavle Karamanov 

Cinematography: Sergey Mikhalchuk 

Film Editing: Aleksey Bobrov 

Production Design / Art Direction: Vladimir Gudilin 

Costume Design: Alexander Osipov 

Cast: Alisa Freindlich, Margarita Simoneva, Anna Isaeva, Valentina Telichkina et al. 


In Russian with English and Greek subtitles. 

In collaboration with the Russian Cultural Center      

February 2019


2/2/2019 The Mystery of the Hamelin City  




Reconstructing the myth of Pied Piper of Hamelin, Thomas Moschopoulos presents a play for all ages that addresses the democratic principles, the role of political leaders in every democratic state, as well as the voters’ responsibility. 


Writer: Thomas Moschopoulos 

Year: 2014 

Directed by: Marios Theocharous 

Set design: Edouardos Georgiou 

Costume design: Thelma Kasoulidou 

Lighting design: Vassilis Petinaris 

Music: Christos Andreou. Voice coach: Maria Kapetaniou. 

Cast and singers: Lida Karayianni, Antonis Kleanthous, Nicoletta Mantesidou, Polina Matthaiou, Grigoris Petri, Constantinos Tsiolis & Thekla Flouri. In Greek 

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The MET: Live in HD 


sat 19:55 (201’) 

Broadcast live from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Carmen is directed by Richard Eyre, starring Clémentine Margaine in the title role of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José.  


Composer: Georges Bizet 

Conductor: Louis Langrée Production Sir Richard Eyre  

Set and Costume Designer: Rob Howell  

Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford  

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon  

Live in HD Director: Gary Halvorson  

Live in HD Host: Ailyn Pérez  



Micaëla: Aleksandra Kurzak  

Carmen: Clémentine Margaine  

Don José: Roberto Alagna  

Escamillo: Alexander Vinogradov 


With Greek and English subtitles 





Pantelis Thalassinos presented an anthology of love songs inspired by Cypriot and Greek traditions, the rebetiko song, the Greek Nouvelle Vague and Old Athens music waves, as well as the Greek laïkó popular song and the composers of the later 20th century, combining the singer’s own beloved songs and greatest hits. 


Accompanied by Cypriot singer Christiana Pavlou, together they will present songs from their latest collaboration. 



Andreas Dryniatis: bouzouki 

Varvara Louka: violin,  

Marios Markou: clarinet,  

Antonis Polykarpou: piano,  

Dimitris Papanicolaou: bass,  

Constantinos Paouros: drums,  

Admitos Pitsillidis: guitar / arrangements / direction. 



Antony and Cleopatra  



Broadcast live from London’s Olivier Theatre, the NT’s critically-acclaimed production has impressed the British audience receiving multiple five-star reviews. William Shakespeare’s gripping drama intertwines politics, passion and power, with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in the title roles of the famous fated couple. 


Production Team 

Director: Simon Godwin 

Set Designer: Hildegard Bechtler 

Costume Designer: Evie Gurney 

Lighting Designer: Tim Lutkin 

Music: Michael Bruce 

Movement Directors: Jonathan Goddard Shelley Maxwell 

Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt 

Video Designer: Luke Halls 

Fight Director: Kev McCurdy 

Broadcast Team 

Director for Screen: Tony Grech-Smith 

Technical Producer: Christopher C Bretnall 

Script Supervisor: Amanda Church 

Lighting Director: Mike Le Fevre 

Sound Supervisor: Conrad Fletcher 



Magnus Mehta: Music Director / Percussion 

Joley Cragg: Percussion 

Kwêsi Edman: Cello 

Sarah Manship: Woodwind 

Arngeir Hauksson: Guitar / Oud 


With Greek and English subtitles 



Greetings from Greece  




This season, the CySO presentεδ Greetings from Greece, transporting us to its landscapes and rythmsthrough the music of Konstantinos Grigoriou, Nikos Skalkottas and Mikis Theodorakis, featuring award-winning saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos, nominated twice by Naxos label at the 50th Grammy Awards and described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the most astounding performers of our days”. With saxophone music, we will also travel to Russia and Spain, with composers Alexander Glazunov and Pedro Iturralde respectively.  


Soloist: Theodoros Kerkezos: saxophone 

Conductor: Tassos Symeonides  

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Heart of a Dog  

Mikhail Bulgakov  

Academic Drama Theatre of Vladimir Russia  



The Russian Theatre Season in Cyprus presents Mikhail Bulgakov’s outstanding novel Heart of a Dog, staged by the Academic Drama Theatre of Vladimir, Russia. 


Moscow 1924. Doctor A.F. Preobrazhensky conducts a dangerous medical experiment, implanting a human thyroid gland on a stray dog named Sharik, aiming to produce a new human model. However, the dog becomes transformed into an incapable and unbearable being that jeopardises the social position and the scientific status of its creator. Through a series of extreme situations, the protagonist seesaw between comic and tragic, questioning power, social institutions, the boundaries of science and nature itself. The play maintains the authentic atmosphere of post-revolutionary Russia, portraying the socio-political conflicts and the psychological state of the period’s leading personalities, as well as the timeless character of symbols, circumstances and values. 


Organization: Russian Cultural Center 

In Russian with Greek and English Subtitles 



Rendezvous with Marlene  



Ute Lemper’s new show is based on a phone call between Marlene Dietrich and Ute in 1988 in Paris. Ute was then at the beginning of her career in theatre and music, receiving critical international acclaim for being the “successor” of legendary Marlene Dietrich.  


Werner Vana Gierig: piano 

Cyril Garac: violin 

Matthias Daneck: drums 

Romain Lecuyer: bass 



A Tribute to Mozart 

Nicolas Melis - Manolis Neophytou - Elena Mouzala 


Three Cypriot pianists, Nicolas Melis, Manolis Neophytou and Elena Mouzalas, performed four piano concertos (Nos 11, 12, 13 and 14) written by Mozart “for performance with an orchestra or even a quattro” appropriate both for concert halls, as well as for smaller venues.  


Featuring: Prometheas String Quartet  

Nikos Pittas: violin 

Iraklis Mitellas: violin 

Nick Papageorgiou: viola 

Miranda Papaneocleous:  cello 



Bandiera Rossa  



Following a two-year break, Dionysis Tsaknis returns on stage with a concert presenting the present and the future of the Greek rock music scene, performing his own all-time greatest hits, as well as his latest discography, which constitutes a significant Greek music legacy. 


Singers: Dimitra Kelekidi, Dionysis Tsaknis  



Maria (Kalogeropoulou) Callas  

The Woman and The Artist 



A journey into the Life and Art of Maria Kalogeropoulou Callas, the greatest soprano of the 20th century. Internationally acclaimed artist and Vienna-based Cypriot soprano Chryso Makariou will present extracts from the opera's Norma, Tosca, La Traviata, Anna Bolena. Research 


Bulgarian baritone: Krum Galabov   

Narration: Achilleas Grammatikopoulos  

Zbynek Maruska: piano 

Guest musician: Theodoros Krasides (flute).  

Editing and research: Dr. Spyridoula Katsarou / music scholar and historian 



Organized by the Pancyprian Association “One Wish One Dream”, supporting children with cancer and related diseases. All proceeds were donated to the association “One Wish One Dream”. 

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Eugene Onegin  


(120’) 6+ 

Acclaimed Russian actor Dmitry Dyuzhev presented Aleksandr Pushkin’s masterpiece Eugene Onegin, directed by Antonina Kuznetsova. Sergei Prokofiev’s music performed on stage by pianist Fedor Stroganov.  


Within the framework of the 3rd International Theatre Festival "Five evenings in Cyprus". 


Author: Aleksandr Pushkin 

Year of Publication: 1832 

Directed by: Antonina Kuznetsova 

Language: Russian 

Music: Sergei Prokofiev 

Actor: Dmitry Dyuzhev 

Pianist: Fedor Stroganov



Music and Greek Cinema  

Psycho Quartet 


Psycho Quartet consists of four virtuoso instrumentalists who share a long-standing friendship and professional relationship. Present their first concert as a quartet in Cyprus and shared with the audience much-loved songs from the Greek cinema, performed with joy, humour and nostalgia.  


Vivi Gkegka: mandolin 

Mariliza Papadouri: cello 

Dimitris Papangelidis: classical guitar  

Yiorgos Salvanos: piano 


Vasilis Gisdakis, one of Manos Hadjidakis’ last collaborators, performed with them as a guest singer.



Christmas Eve 


(60’) 12+ 

 Ryazan State Regional Theater for Children and Youth "Theatre on Sobornaja" presented Nikolai Gogol’s family comedy Christmas Eve. 

It is Christmas Eve in a small snowy Ukrainian village. Gogol's story seems to be one of those sweet and charming grandmother’s tales, where the most beloved Ukrainian Christmas holiday is lovingly and tenderly recreated in the play, through Christmas carols and passionate hopak dances, embroidered shirts and trousers, wreaths, ribbons and Christmas stars. 


Within the framework of the 3rd International Theatre Festival "Five evenings in Cyprus".  


In Russian 



Drama Short Film Festival travels to Cyprus 


Drama Short Film Festival travelled to Limassol, Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos with the screenings of Greek films that received awards and distinctions at the 2018 festival edition.  


Programme of screenings: 

La Ultima Hija  Evi Karabatsou 21’ 

En Partie Anastasia Melia Eleftheriou 16’ 

Calling  Artemis Anastasiadou 16’ 

Go for Broke  Marinos Sklavounakis 30’ 

Beyond Good & Evil or (The exuberantly painful process of teething) / Alexandros Papathanasopoulos 12’ 

Vourvourou  Karina Logotheti 22’ 

The Sound  Antony Petrou 15’ 

Avanos  Panayiotis Haramis 20’ 



Drama Short Film Festival travels to Cyprus 


Drama Short Film Festival travelled to Limassol, Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos with the screenings of Greek films that received awards and distinctions at the 2018 festival edition.  


Programme of screenings: 

The Silence of the Dying Fish  Dimitris Gotsis 10’ 

Ave Eva  Olivia Twardowska 13’ 

Aria  Myrsini Aristidou 14΄ 

Chandelier  Antonis Glaros 10’ 

Molly 6 to 8  Efthymis Micheloudakis 18’ 

Narki  Dimitris Tsalapatis 22’ 

Quidnunc  Harry Ayiotis 26’ 

Hector Malot – The last day of the year Jacqueline Lentzou 25’ 

March 2019

March 2019


2nd National Monodrama Showcase  

Following an open call for participation and the overwhelming response of local artists and playwrights, the 2nd National Monodrama Showcase presents eight monodramas by Cypriot directors staged for the first time at the Rialto Theatre:  


The Whore Upstairs A. Tsipianitis 


Interpretation: Medea Hanna, 

Directed by: Agi Paikkos 


La Poupée Vaggelis Hadjigiannides  


Directed by: Giannis Minos 

Set design: Marilena Foukaridou 

Costumes: Maro Minou 

Original music: Lina Zina 

Lighting design: George Evagorou 

Photos: Stefanos Charalambous 

Promo video: Stefanos Charalambous 

Production Organization: Giannis Minos 

Production: Still Theater Group



2nd National Monodrama Showcase  

Following an open call for participation and the overwhelming response of local artists and playwrights, the 2nd National Monodrama Showcase presents eight monodramas by Cypriot directors staged for the first time at the Rialto Theatre:  


Letters to Tennessee 


Direction / Idea / Lighting design: Anthoulis Demosthenous 

Interpretation: Giola Kleitou 

Directed by: Antonis Neophytou 

Costumes / Makeup - Hair: Stelios F. Stylianou 

Movement: Aristos Papachristofi,  

Recorded Voices: George Mouaimis, Stelios Stylianou 


Carmen Based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée 


Dramatization / direction / interpretation: Natalia Panagiotou 


That Time  


Direction / Interpretation: Marina Makri 

Guidance: Marios Ioannou 

Translation: Nasos Detzortzis 



2nd National Monodrama Showcase  

Following an open call for participation and the overwhelming response of local artists and playwrights, the 2nd National Monodrama Showcase presents eight monodramas by Cypriot directors staged for the first time at the Rialto Theatre:  


Lady Lazarus Reinvented  


Poem: Sylvia Plath 

Idea capture / Direction: Monica Meleki 

Choreography & Music Editing: Rosa Maria Padzi 

Visual editing: Sofia Hatzipapa 

Animation & film production: Dimitra Egglezou 

Film Production and Video Assistant: Stelios Papageorgiou 

Photography: Sophocles Kaskaounias 

Lighting Design: Design: Miroslav Sl. 

Interpretation: Monica Meleki (speech), Rosa Maria Pantzi (movement), Venera Meleki (voice) 


Eleni Volume IV  


Directed by: Achim Wieland, Dramaturgy & Visual Arts: SRSLYyours 

Actor: Marios Ioannou 


Text: Excerpts from Euripides' works "Iphigenia in the Land of the Bulls", "Trojans" (Cassandra) and "Eleni" translated by Thrasyvoulos Stavrou, "Eleni" by Giannis Ritsos, "Small Book for Big Dreams" by Tassos Leivaditis Green grass »Tom Waits, and improvised speech. 


Co-organised with: ΜONOdramaCYprus Artistic Company 

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Pseftra Zoe…  



Based on The Happy One, the awarded novel by Marina Karagatsi, and directed by Dimitri Tarlow, the play transports us to the home of emblematic Greek writer M. Karagatsis. Within a period of three sleepless nights and seen through the gaze of his little daughter, the play brings to life all that had haunted and hurt one of the most reputed families in Greece – or just a family. Although the dark moments overshadow the bright ones, the reconciliation with the past seems to be the only way out. 


Adaptation: Eri Kyrgia 

Directed by: Dimitri Tarlow 

Costume & Set design: Eleni Manolopoulou 

Music: Nalyssa Green. 

Cast: Keti Manolidaki, Sissy Toumasi, Smaragda Smyrnaiou, Irini Drakou, Christos Malakis 


In Greek 



With winds from Virginia 


A unique concert with the Symphonic Band of Strovolos Municipality - European University Cyprus joined forces with the Wind Ensemble of Christopher Newport University from Virginia, USA. The 85-member band presented a diverse repertoire from the world of folk, rock, jazz and gospel music, as well as Latin selections, in tune with the carnival period. 


Artistic directors: Dr. Mark Reimer & Dr. Yiannis Myralis. 



The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?  


(150’) 16 + 


One of Edward Albee’s most acclaimed plays The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? (Tony Award, 2002) is a comedy about love and loss, testing the limits of our tolerance and our own existence.  


Translation: Errikos Belies 

Directed by: Marios Mettis 

Costume and Set Design: Marina Hadjilouka 

Cast: Andreas Vassiliou, Erica Begeti, Vasilis Vasilakis, Andreas Koutsoftas. 


In Greek 

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Pains of Youth  

THOC Theatre New Stage  



Trapped in the maze of love and rivalry, seven university students who experience the uncertainty of the interwar period, vainly seek to find the meaning of life, “involuntarily” hatching the snake’s egg. A rarely staged yet extremely relevant play, written by Ferdinand Bruckner, Pains of Youth is directed and adapted for stage by Aliki Danezi Knutsen. 


Translated by: Yiorgos Depastas 

Costume & Set Design: Marina Hadjilouka 

Music composed by: Monika 

Movement: Alexis Vasiliou 

Cast: Dimitris Georgiades, Kika Georgiou, Niki Dragoumi, Fotis Karalis, Venia Stamatiadi, Andreas Tselepos, Niovi Charalambous. 


In Greek, with English and Turkish surtitles 





A unique performance of Music and Poetry presented by two friends and collaborators who have been working together since the ‘80s, exchanging thoughts, emotions, sounds and lyrics of their own compositions, as well as those of fellow musicians. Evoking images and scents of a mountain village and the dry desert land of the Nile, the artists create a new motherland. Through an innovative orchestration and original compositions, Michalis Ganas’ poetry is beautifully set to music, transported the audience to new worlds and images. 


Music performed by Nikos Xydakis and poetry recited by Michalis Ganas. 

Musicians: Yiannis Kyrimkyridis: piano 

Yiorgos Kontoyiannis: lyre 

Dimitris Varelopoulos: lute 


**** Poetry Month**** 



Two stubborn spoons 


(65’) 4+ 

When the prince suddenly loses his appetite to eat and talk, the kingdom’s top chefs are ordered to prepare the most delicious meal. But their collaboration seems impossible! To find the solution, they traveled to the Land of Thoughts where everyone’s thoughts are heard out loud. Two stubborn spoons is a story about friendship and respect for diversity, with a good dose of humour, original music and interaction with children! In Greek 


Text written by: Angelos Angelou, Emi Sini 

Directing & Set design: Guy Stephanou 

Music – orchestration: Angelos Angelou 

Costume design: Kopernikos Theatre Group & Emi Sini 

Lighting design: Kopernikos Theatre Group & Elissaios Vlachos 

Cast: Antonis Gougios, Dimitris Dimitropoulos, Ioannis Mistakides 



Piano Recital 

Yiannis Georgiou 


A fascinating and enchanting music journey across time, styles and countries, performed by acclaimed Cypriot pianist Yiannis Georgiou. Presenting a diverse and contrasting repertoire, the recital is divided into four acts with works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Rachmaninoff, representing four different yet major classical piano music eras. Works by Scarlatti and Scriabin will also be presented.  


Under the auspices of the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Nicos Nicolaides. 



World Water Day 


The 22nd March has been designated by the UN as the World Water Day, with this year’s theme being “Leaving No One Behind (Human Rights and Refugees)”, whilst March is also the international month of the Francophonie.  

G. F. Handel: Water Music, HWV 348-350  

T. Dun: Water concerto for water percussion and orchestra 

C. Debussy: La Mer: Three symphonic sketches for orchestra, L. 109 [Cyprus premiere] 



Natasa Hadjiandreou: percussion 

Conductor: Jens Georg Bachmann 

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Harold and Maude  


The self-destructive and needy wealthy teenager Harold is obsessed with death and spends his leisure time attending funerals and watching buildings being demolished. When Harold meets eighty-year-old Maude at a funeral, his life changes dramatically.  


Translated by: Yiannis Iordanides, Yiannis Vouros 

Directed by: Despina Bebedeli 

Costume and set design: Lakis Genethlis 

Music: Christos Stavrinides 

Cast: Despina Bebedeli, Marianna Kafkaridou, Fotios Fotiou, Spyros Georgiou, Vasilis Michael, Maria Fiaka, Costas Kantilieris, Marialena Papadopoulou, Michalis Kazakas, Polis Hadjikosta, Efi Pezirkianidou. 

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The Tragedy of King Richard II 

NT Live  

(115') 12+   

Broadcast live from Almeida Theatre’s stage, the NT Live production The Tragedy of King Richard II by William Shakespeare is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. In this visceral new production about the limits of power, England is governed by an irresponsible, foolish and vain king. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar.  Olivier award-winner Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II. 



King Richard the Second: Simon Russell Beale 

Bolingbroke: Leo Bill 

Bagot/Aumerle: Martins Imhangbe 

Carlisle: Natalie Klamar 

York: John Mackay 

Gaunt/Willoughby: Joseph Mydell 

Mowbray/Bushy, Green/Duchess of York: Saskia Reeves 

Northumberland: Robin Weaver 


Creative Team 

Direction: Joe Hill-Gibbins  

Design: ULT Z 

Light: James Farncombe 

Sound: Peter Rice 

Dramaturg: Jeff James 

Casting: Ginny Schiller CDG 

Costume Supervisor: Claire Wardroper  

Associate Designer: Charlotte Espiner 

Resident Director: Lucy Wray 

Broadcast Team 

Director for Screen: Tony Grech-Smith 

Technical Producer: Christopher C Bretnall 

Script Supervisor: Amanda Church 

Lighting Consultant: Gemma O’Sullivan 

Sound Supervisor: Conrad Fletcher 




20:30 (150’) 


Following the sold-out concerts “The Gatsos I loved”, Manolis Mitsias and Karyofyllia Karabeti embarked on a musical journey to the archipelago of Greek poetry, travelling back to the sixth century B.C. and up to our days. They brought to life the lyrics of twenty-six great Greek poets, whose poetry was set to music by Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Yiannis Markopoulos, Stavros Xarhakos, Dionysis Savvopoulos, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Christos Leontis, Yiannis Spanos, Nikos Xydakis and Lena Platonos. 


Programme curated by: Yiorgos Lianis  

Piano/ orchestrations: Achilleas Wastor 

Bouzouki/ mandolin: Iraklis Zakkas 


Organised by PASYKAF 


**** Poetry Month **** 



Die Walküre Richard Wagner 



Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, the second opera in Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre is directed by Robert Lepage. Soprano Christine Goerke plays the title role of Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, whose conflict with incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde (tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek) takes her on a journey from Walhalla to human life on earth.  


Conducted by Philippe Jordan.  

With English and Greek subtitles. 


Composer: Richard Wagner 
Production: Robert Lepage 
Associate Director: Neilson Vignola 
Set Designer: Carl Fillion 
Costume Designer: François St-Aubin 
Lighting Designer: Etienne Boucher 
Video Image Artist: Boris Firquet 
Revival Stage Director: J. Knighten Smit, Gina Lapinski 



Peer Gynt Ballet  



A ballet performance for all the family. Choreographed by Liliya Sabitova (People's Artist of Russia), Peer Gynt draws inspiration from Henrik Ibsen’s work of the same title. Rhythmically traversing the adventures of Peer Gynt, this story ballet portrays with lyricism and delicacy his final return to his first and only love. 


With the participation of dancers from the Russian Ballet Moscowia, Napoli Ballet - Italy, as well as young Cypriot gymnastics athlete Eleni Ellin. 

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April 2019

April 2019


Stones in His Pockets

Neos Kosmos Theatre


Written by Marie Jones in 1996, Stones in His Pockets was staged for the first time in Belfast and went on to have a successful run in London’s West End and, from there, to Broadway. The play itself, as well as its stagings, received critical acclaim and multiple awards, including two Olivier Awards (2001) for Best Comedy and Best Actor.


Translation: Aggeliki Kokkoni 
Direction: Giorgos Chrysostomou, Makis Papademetriou

Scenerey: Magdalene Avgerinou

Costumes: Ioanna Tsami

Motion Curator: Sesil Mikroutsiokou

Lighting design: Sakes Birbilles



The Traditional Music Ensemble of Limassol Music School “Marios Tokas”  



The Traditional Music Ensemble of Limassol Music School “Marios Tokas”, conducted by music teacher Andreas Christodoulou, presents songs and melodies from the Cypriot and Greek music tradition. Popular songs from Smyrna alternate with Arabic, Bulgarian, Armenian and Turkish traditional tunes. A concert highlighting the common cultural tradition of people who share the same geographic area. 


Performed by the students and teachers of the Traditional Music Ensemble of Limassol Music School “Marios Tokas”. 



A music tribute to Exarchia  




A music tribute to Exarchia, the infamous, creative and artistic neighbourhood of Athens, which has been associated with some of the most influential names of our music legacy: N. Asimos, P. Sidiropoulos, Arleta, K. Gogou.


A concert by prominent Greek singer Christos Thivaios, accompanied by String Demons, the string duet renowned for its original covers of classic, rock, folk and pop songs. 



Don Quixote  

Royal Ballet HD Live 



Broadcast from London’s Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House presents Don Quixote, the famous ballet in three acts, choreographed by Carlos Acosta. The adventures of Cervantes’ bumbling knight, Don Quixote, have been the inspiration for countless ballets, of which Petipa's is one of the best loved, featuring Ludwig Minkus’ score. This exuberant production combines all the elements of the greatest classical ballets, bursting with emotion, drama and vivid characters. The principal guest artist of the Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta, has danced the virtuoso role of Basilio many times, and brings that experience to his unique and vibrant vision of the story. Tim Hatley’s set design provides a modern twist to a traditional directing. 


 Conductor: Martin Yates. 


Choreography: Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa 


Production: Carlos Acosta 

Original music: Ludwig Minkus 

Arrangement and orchestration: Martin Yates 

Designer: Tim Hatley 

Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone 

Don Quixote: Christopher Saunders 

Sancho Panza: Philip Mosley 

Lorenzo:  Gary Avis 



King Richard III | 


(180’) 15+ In Greek with English and Turkish surtitles 


William Shakespeare’s play about the deformed, evil and unexpectedly charming King Richard III staged for the first time in Cyprus. The play “explores power, violence and ‘beauty’, unfolding in the dark atmosphere of medieval England and unveiling the most primal instincts of human nature”. 


Translation: Nicos Hatzopoulos 

Directed and adapted by: Paris Erotokritou 

Sets-Costumes: George Giannou 

Music: Marios Takousis 

Movement-Choreography: Panagiotis Tofi 

Music teaching-song-voice: Vasiliki Anastasiou 

Lighting design: George Koukoumas 

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12 – 20/4/2019 

International Festival Cyprus Film Days  



This 17th edition of Cyprus Film Days presents a variety of films, screened at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol and Zena Palace Cinema in Nicosia. An international competition section (Glocal Images), internationally acclaimed film premieres (Viewfinder), a national competition section, tributes, parallel programmes and music events make up this year’s official International Film Festival of Cyprus dedicated to fiction feature films. This year, the jury will consist of internationally acclaimed personalities from the film industry, while many of the films will be screened in the presence of the filmmakers. Film premieres: Girl by Lukas Dhont, Dogman by Matteo Garrone, The Guilty by Gustav Möller, Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie.  


All films will be screened in their original language with English and Greek subtitles. 


Organizers: Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Youth and the Rialto Theater. 


24/4/2019 I'm Not Running NT Live DAVID HARE  

wed 20:00 (200’) 12+ 

David Hare’s new play (The Reader, The Hours, NT Live: Skylight) is an explosive political drama portraying personal choices and their public consequences. Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the NHS to becoming an independent MP. In the Houses of Parliament, she crosses paths with her university boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart Labour loyalist, climbing the ranks of the party. As media and public pressure mounts on Pauline to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonising decision. 


Cast in order of speaking 

Sandy: Mynott Joshua McGuire 

Jack: Gould Alex Hassell 

Pauline Gibson: Siân Brooke 

Meredith: Ikeji Amaka Okafor 

Nerena Trent: Brigid Zengeni 

Blaise Gibson: Liza Sadovy 

Ensemble: Owen Findlay 

Ensemble: Harry Long 

Ensemble: Roisin Rae 

Ensemble: Nadia Williams 


Creative Team 

Director: Neil Armfield 

Set Designer: Ralph Myers 

Costume Designer: Sussie Juhlin-Wallén 

Lighting Designer: Jon Clark 

Sound Designer: Paul Arditti 

Music: Alan John 

Video Designer: Jon Driscoll 


Broadcast Team 

Director for Screen: Robin Lough 

Technical Producer: Christopher C Bretnall 

Script Supervisor: Laura Vine 

Lighting Director: Bernie Davis 

Sound Supervisor: Conrad Fletcher 

May 2019

May 2019


Music Schools Concert  



Two newly-formed Music School ensembles, the Equal Voice Choir and the Guitar Orchestra, presented a programme of Greek music, as well as classic covers, classical guitar pieces and famous songs from the international repertoire.  



Maria Farantouri Performs Mikis Theodorakis Works’  



For the theatre’s 20th anniversary, the most celebrated singer of the composer’s work, Maria Farantouri, performed some of his most famous songs.


With the Choir of Epilogi Cultural Movement, conducted by Angelina Nicolaidou. 



O Gargalistis by Dimitris Baslam  



An innovative performance for children and adults alike, combining live music and dancing, exploring the loneliness of modern kids and the joy of generously giving.


In Greek. 

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Foivos Delivorias, Sofronis Sofroniou  



Vivliotropio Book Club hosts Greek singer and songwriter Foivos Delivorias and 

Cypriot writer Sofronis Sofroniou on Rialto’s stage. 


The discussion was coordinated by journalist Eleni Xenou.


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The Seafarer Athinon Theatre  



Conor McPherson’s dark comedy The Seafarer, directed by Constantinos Markoulakis, came to Cyprus. 


The play received critical acclaim and was praised for the outstanding performances of its five co-starring actors. 

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Alternative Music Οn Stage 



For its 20th anniversary, the Rialto Theatre invited on stage artists and audience alike to an almost personal encounter.


With the Ladderman, Delirium Elephants, Arcadian Child and Private Garden. 



Jazz meets the Cyprus Tradition  

Trio Levante, Ioannis Vafeas Quintet, Ilias Mantikos 



A fascinating music journey intertwining diverse sounds and music genres through improvisations by Trio Levante Ilias Mantikos and Ioannis Vafeas Quintet. 



20 Years of Rialto Theatre /A Spectacle (Heroes’ Square) 



The Rialto Theatre celebrated its 20th anniversary and organised an open-air event at Heroes’ Square presenting ‘Images and Milestones’ of the past two decades. The theatre’s façade was served as the stage and the canvas on which projections, 3D mapping and a spectacle with lights took place, as well as theatre, dance and music performances. 


Featuring multimedia and other modern technologies, this open-air spectacle hosted performing artists such as actor Andreas Makris, dancer and choreographer Eleana Alexandrou, soprano Rebecca Savvidou Trimikliniotou accompanied by guitarist Zoi Paisanou Markou, cellist Doros Zisimos, a Brass Band featuring trumpetists Elias Ioannou and George El Haber, trombonist Nicos Koukovinos and Constantina Siamishi and tuba player Dimitris Gerasimou. The event was also attended by Diastasis Children’s Coir conducted by Christina and Dimitra Pissouriou, as well as the Percussion Band of the Music School of Paphos conducted by Tasos Anastasiou. Music compositions by Dimitris Spyrou accompanied the projections.


The artistic direction and design were entrusted to Adonis Florides (direction), Vera Papastavrou (3D Mapping & image synthesis), Petros Kizas (music), Elena Antoniou (dance), Vasilis Petinaris (lighting design), Andreas Pavlou (technical director & sound engineer). The company Event Pro was in charge of the technical support of the event and Sousou Cafeteria @ Rialto offered drinks.


On this day, the basement of the Heroes’ Monument was transformed into a Digital Museum, where visitors had a rare opportunity to travel back to Rialto’s performances and events held during the past twenty years. 

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The Wizard of Oz   

Bryantsev Youth Theatre  

(105’) 3+  


Saint Petersburg’s Bryantsev Youth Theatre presented the world-famous fairy tale The Wizard of Oz featuring bright scenery, beautiful costumes and a fascinating troupe of actors that guaranteed a colourful theatrical performance. 


In Russian with English subtitles. 

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One Journey, One Poem   


The most enchanting part of a journey is perhaps its recollection, captured in this event combining music and poetry.  


Organised by: Ministry of Education and Culture with the collaboration of the Union of Cyprus Writers, the National Society of Greek Writers of Cyprus and the Cyprus PEN Centre.