The National Theater of Greece was granted the right to use the Rex theater building in downtown Athens, as part of the efforts to reinvent Omonoia Square and the surrounding area.
An Athens court has ruled that the National Theater will be able to use all three of the stages that are hosted at the Rex theater building, including Sineak-Paxinou and Kotopouli stages.
According to Sotiris Hatzakis, National Theater director, the ground floor stage, the largest one, will be used for musicals, a genre that is slowly developing and gaining an audience in Greece. The director plans to launch the “Phantom of the Opera,” a renowned international production that will promote the National Theater’s initiative.
Hatzakis also wishes that the theater will now only operate as a theater, since it has doubled as a music stage until now. Moreover, the building’s interior will be refurbished in order to be fully accessible to people with disabilities.
The National Theater is able to commit to this plan thanks to September’s 260,000-euro surplus, along with many months of careful financial management.