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Greek Actors Perform Shakespeare at Athens Subway Station

Greek subway passengers got a surprise dose of Shakespeare over the weekend. Actors from the Greek National Theatre performed a scene from William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in the middle of central Athens' Syntagma subway station.[Michail Marmarinos, Director]"Just as it is interesting for the chaos of reality, its richness, to enter into a play's dramaturgy, so it is interesting sometimes, for a play to enter reality."The four actors, who wore masks and played the bewitched lovers Lysander, Demetrius, Hermia and Helena, mingled amongst the crowds and rode the escalators up and down in front of startled passengers' eyes.[Nikos Gavrilidis, Passenger]"I liked it very much, it's completely unusual and I find it very interesting. I've never seen something like this before."The goal was to remind Greeks of their strong cultural heritage and to cheer them up.[Despina Politou, Representative, Urban Rail]"This reminds us that despite the problems we have with the European Union, with everything around us, this is something that characterizes us and makes us strong. That's what we wanted to remind people of."[Yannis, Passenger]"We should show that Greece can do things like this and not dwell only on politics.""A Midsummer Night's Dream" will premiere this week at the Greek National Theatre.For more news and videos visit - http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter.com - http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook - http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C

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