comes alive after dark with a range of activities to fill your diary. However,
you'll probably need to alter your normal routine to enjoy it as the locals
do. Theatre performances are followed by a late leisurely dinner, often
after 11 pm, and if you intend to head out to a nightclub, don't expect
to start until around midnight. Even if you only want to sample the delights
of Greek tavernas and perhaps stroll around Plaka,
the real atmosphere starts after 9pm, when Greek families come out to eat.
If you can hold your appetite that long you'll have a much more authentic
Ancient Greeks were credited with inventing drama and comedy in the theatre, and this tradition carries on into the present. The city boasts around 50 theatres and the season lasts from October to May. Most of the performances are in Greek.
The Athens Festival runs from May to September with a full program of cultural events ranging from choral concerts to dance recitals, with performances aimed at visitors as well as Athenians. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, near the Akropolis, holds
classical performances on summer evenings. This is perhaps your greatest
opportunity to view a performance as the ancients did.
Lycabettus Theatre, on Lycabettus
Hill, holds regular summer performances and is internationally oriented.