Haridimos Shadow Puppet Theatre

Price guide: Free

Melina Mercouri Cultural Centre, Irakleidon 66 , Athens, 11851

Price guide: Free

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Expert review of Haridimos Shadow Puppet Theatre

A glimpse into the dying art of karagiozis - Greeceā€™s equivalent of Punch and Judy.

Through figures, sets, and storybooks, you can trace the history of karagiozis, Greece’s shadow puppet theatre. A converted hat factory in Thisseion contains the archives of three generations of master puppeteers – Christos, Giorgos and Sotiris Haridimos.Sotiris Haridimos, who ran the last puppet theatre in Plaka, is often here in person. An unemployed hunchback, Karagiozis is the ultimate anti-hero. Cunning and crude, his efforts to outwit the establishment usually end in disaster. But they provide great opportunities for social and political satire. There are occasional performances and puppet-making workshops (only in Greek).

 

Expert tips: 
The cultural centre also contains a recreation of an Athenian high street as it would have looked at the turn of the 20th century.

More information on Haridimos Shadow Puppet Theatre :

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Crafts, Theatre / opera house / concert hall
Address:
Melina Mercouri Cultural Centre, Irakleidon 66 , Athens, 11851
Telephone:
+30 210 345 2150
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
9am-1pm and 7-9pm, except Mon and Sun afternoons.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
family-friendly, Puppet theatre

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