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Charilaos Trikoupis and the Emergence of Major Leading Actors in 19th Century Greek Theatre


This paper focuses on the effect of Charilaos Trikoupis’ policy on Greek theatrical practices during the second half of the 19th century and as the contribution of the major leading actors in the dissemination of his vision to their audiences.

The dream for a new and more “European” Greece, disconnected from old mentalities and oriented to the progress that Europe represented, created new trends in theatre through which a cosmopolitan spirit was imported and spread to Greek society.

Since theatre had always had the power to attract public interest, at this particular moment, it functioned as a strong tool, capable of promoting a “national” plan effectively.

This theatrical renaissance reached its peak just before the bankruptcy of the state announced by the prime minister himself, in December 1893.