Music at the Forefront: Aeschylus, The Persians, by the Cyprus Theatre Organization (2017)


This article focuses on a performance analysis of The Persians, directed by Aris Biniaris and produced by the Cyprus Theatre Organisa­tion in 2017. It also adumbrates older productions of The Persians in order to contextualise Biniaris’ work in the modern Greek stage history of the play. It suggests that various devices proved to be beneficial such as the re-invention of the Chorus of elders as a Chorus of young warriors brimming with energy and the development of a musical language based on the metrical analysis of the play. It also argues that the performance ideologically challenged the audi­ence’s expectations.