137 years after it became the first Bradfield College Greek play when it was performed in the Dining Hall, Alcestis returns to the Greek Theatre, becoming the 40th Greek production in the College's history.
Alcestis presents the story of the wife of Admetus, who -- according to Greek mythology --sacrificed her own life in order to bring her husband back from the dead.
Admetus, the King of Pherae in Thessaly, has married Alcestis, the daughter of Pelias, King of Iolcus. On their wedding day, Admetus offends the goddess Artemis, condemning himself to an early death. Apollo, friend of Admetus, intervenes, extracting a promise from the Fates that at the appointed time of death, they will accept a willing substitute. With no one else willing to sacrifice themselves, Alcestis prepares to give up her life for her husband, the father of her two children.
*Times are subject to change. Please be aware this is an open-air venue and may be subject to late changes or cancellations due to weather conditions.