2013 Archived News

Socrates and his Clouds June 4-22

Socrates and his Clouds

Inspired by Aristophanes

at the Jermyn Street Theatre

June 4-22



This world premiere by award-winning playwright William Lyons is brought to the stage by a team of young, emerging Greek-Cypriot and Greek theatre makers in collaboration with other international artists. At a time when Greece and Cyprus are coming under unrelenting attack on all fronts, this production acts as an active dialogue between the ancient heritage of the Hellenistic world and the current state of affairs in Europe.


REVIEWS re "Socrates and his Clouds" Jermyn Street Theatre, Piccadilly - June 4th - June 22nd 2013.

“The cast are excellent…Melina Theochardiou’s direction is clever and witty and, like the script, manages to combine the feel of a, at times, self-referential Greek play with an accessible modern style. The set is simple and effective and the opportunity for fun within scene changes has not been missed… This seriocomedy zips along and does not feel like a one act one-and-a-half hour show at all.”                                                ( * * * * Ted MacMillan – West End Frame)


“Rest assured, an in-depth knowledge of philosophy is not a pre-requisite to enjoy this performance; the writing is intelligent but not highbrow and the humour and themes are widely accessible…Alex Andreou…plays [Socrates] excellently [and] Paul Hutton’s [Strepsiades] superbly comic mannerisms and timing bring light relief to a show which could otherwise drag a little. Jack Montgomery, as his son Phidippides, was appropriately loathsome and arrogant…The Fates – for such I assume the chorus to be – were charismatic, entertaining and pitch-perfect on rather demanding melodies… The setting and props were simple but effective.”       (Genni Trickett  - London Theatre Reviews)


“Paul Hutton gives Strepsiades an instant comic reality and rapidly establishes a rapport with the audience.  Jack Montgomery’s Phiddy is an excellent pairing, exactly the spoiled-child selfish brat we are told his mother made him.  The hectic nature of their lively double act is set against the warm gentleness of Alexander Andreou’s Socrates…Riana Athanasiou, Lucyelle Cliffe and Rahil Liapopoulou [the Chorus] bid farewell [at the Exodos] with the same tuneful energy as they have brought to the play.

Melina Theocharidou’s production has found a style that perfectly matches this text.  She is well served by Katerina Angelopoulou’s colourful design with its simple setting of clouds sketched on a blue back wall and white pillar drums rearranged to suit. [The scene changes] are an opportunity for some beautiful music from composer, Olivios Karaolides.”

(Howard Loxton - British Theatre Guide)


“Inspired by Aristophanes’ Clouds and Plato’s Dialogues, Socrates and His Clouds pays homage to the classics in its structure and format. Set in Athens and with a looming Greek chorus of three harmonising women, the play is highly reminiscent of classic Greek theatre with more than a few modern twists. The characters are dressed in modern clothing, and though the dialogue has an eloquent flow it is adapted to what is often farcical humour. This unique envisioning is sure to delight fans of ancient Greek storytelling, who will no doubt enjoy the many referential nods to the Hellenistic world…The production is commendable. Every actor is talented and well cast, and Paul Hutton as Strepsiades is particularly strong as both a dramatic and comedic performer.  Melina Theocharidou’s direction deftly combines classic Greek theatre with the modernity the script demands, and the philosophical debates that arise throughout Lyons’ play are successfully thought provoking…Fans of Greek classics and philosophy will take away plenty from Lyons’s thoughtful script, and though its fan base may turn out to be rather niche, the show undoubtedly offers much to appreciate.”                               (Geri Silver – A Younger Theatre)