LANGUAGE:   English / Greek

DURATION:     65 Minutes

GENRE:          BIO-DRAMA / MUSICAL

 

"I was born a Greek, and I will die a Greek."

 

FIERY, SMOKY-VOICED GREEK stage and screen actress with green eyes and natural blonde hair – adept at both drama and comedy, Melina Mercouri was in many ways a parallel figure to stars ranging from Hollywoodites Susan Hayward and Joan Crawford to Italy's Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani. With a star persona manifesting an outsize personality, a penchant for melodrama and a riveting lust for life, Melina was an established stage performer by the early 1950s. She achieved international stardom with a number of features directed by the expatriate American director Jules Dassin, whom she married in 1966 and with whom she collaborated on nine films. Among these, audiences probably best remember Mercouri's delightful performance as a sentimental, happy-go-lucky prostitute in her signature film, "Never on Sunday". 

 

Long a political activist who sought to symbolise the soul of Greek national identity, Mercouri lived an off-screen life as adventurous as any torrid melodrama she enacted onscreen. An outspoken woman of principle, she was expelled from Greece by the notorious Colonels' Junta in 1967 but eventually returned in 1974 and won a parliamentary seat for the Socialist party in 1977. Mercouri's acting career gradually abated as she later became the flamboyant and controversial Greek Minister of Culture and Sciences, and gained her greatest attention in that capacity when she successfully lobbied for the return of the Elgin Marbles – classical sculptures which the British Museum had removed from the Parthenon in the 19th century. Mercouri later ran unsuccessfully for the office of Mayor of Athens in 1990 while still retaining her seat in Parliament and returned to her ministerial job in October of 1993, not long before her death from lung cancer complications.

 

For both her acting achievements on stage and screen and for her zestful commitment to Greek art and politics, Mercouri was justly mourned as a national heroine.

UNITED KINGDOM - DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

SOUTH AFRICA - DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

MELINA: THE LAST GREEK GODDESS

74

LANGUAGE:   English / Greek

DURATION:    70 Minutes

GENRE:           WAR DRAMA

 

FOLLOWING the success of its sell-out tour in Cyprus, 74 - a riveting war drama written and directed by Paul Lambis, will be heading to the international stage soon.

74 centres on the lives of three women, and their traumatic experiences following the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Paul Lambis’ war drama is a story of love, loss, life and death, seen through the eyes of these symbolical women, each one representing the towns under Turkish occupation: Kyrenia, Morphou and Varosha.  These powerful figures are united by one constant that anchors their stories and ties them all together:  their hope for their island’s re-unification.

A professional ensemble of Cypriot actors, artists and choreographers coming together to produce a powerful production that is riveting, inspirational and unforgettable. 

 

CYPRUS / NEW YORK 2019

 

THE PAUL LAMBIS COMEDY SHOWS

"THE NEXT CHAPTER"

LANGUAGE:   English / Greek

DURATION:     90 Minutes

GENRE:           STAND-UP COMEDY

 

"If you don't laugh at life, life will laugh at you."

Paul Lambis

 

FROM THE START of the show, Paul Lambis' comic appearance sets the note for what would be ninety minutes of continuous laughter.

The core subject revolves around the life of a Cypriot family (his own) who lived in South Africa before returning to its home-country.  Each member represents a typical Mediterranean character: an over-protective mother, an authoritarian and homophobic father, and children who continuously strive to gain some freedom and independence from their loving parents.

Lambis turns his own self into derision, laughing at his overweight stature and making fun of his friends and family without whom life wouldn’t be life!

 

COMING SOON

 

 

LANGUAGE:   English

DURATION:    85 Minutes

GENRE:           BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA

 

IN HIS FINAL HOUR, Aristotle Onassis reflects on his past, and the fate of all who crossed paths with the Promethean shipping magnate.

 

Inspired by the true story of the relationships between Onassis, his first wife Tina, his lover Maria Callas and second wife Jackie Kennedy, this is an extraordinary account of one man's voracious appetite for sex, money and power - how those with great wealth and political influence live their lives detached from the moral code and realities of ordinary mortals.

 

COMING SOON

ONASSIS: THE FINAL HOUR

LANGUAGE:  English

DURATION:    85 Minutes

GENRE:          COMEDY / MUSICAL

 

KING HENRY VIII, Tudor monarch and ruler of England had six wives. The fates of the wives can be remembered as Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. King Henry was much more interested in arms and armour, swordplay, jousting, hunting, and women than in kingship. He wrote love poems and composed songs. Throughout his life, he also loved regal fashion — after all, what was royalty if one could not dress like a royal. 

 

Paul Lambis' historical royal comedy portrays King Henry VIII as a hyper-sexualised monarch whose tortuous quest for a male heir took the English monarchy to new heights, asserting power over the souls of his subjects as well as their bodies. The play begins with the same materials and the wonderful language of a Shakespearean comedy, but finds its own reality through Lambis' unique mix of music, sarcasm and wit, including banterous, laugh-aloud and poetic humour.

 

COMING SOON

DIVORCED, BEHEADED, DIED;

DIVORCED, BEHEADED, SURVIVED.

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LANGUAGE:   Greek

DURATION:     25 Minutes

GENRE:           BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA

 

14 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ 1957. O Ευαγόρας Παλληκαρίδης, σε ηλικία 19 χρονών, βηματίζει περήφανα προς την αγχόνη, σιγοτραγουδώντας «Θα πάρω μιαν ανηφοριά, θα πάρω μονοπάτια, να βρω τα σκαλοπάτια, που παν στην λευτεριά». Πριν πεθάνει ευχήθηκε να είναι ο τελευταίος που απαγχονιζόταν.

 

Η ευχή του έγινε πραγματικότητα….. Υπήρξε ο νεαρότερος από τους εννέα απαγχονισθέντες.

Η εκτέλεση του Ευαγόρα, προκάλεσε παγκόσμια κινητοποίηση και κατακραυγή κατά των Άγγλων.

Η κατακραυγή αυτή, απέτρεψε τον απαγχονισμό 26 άλλων αγωνιστών, που είχαν καταδικαστεί σε θάνατο.

 

ΚΥΠΡΟΣ ΜΑΡΤΙΟΣ 2019

 

ΕΥΑΓΟΡΑΣ

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LANGUAGE:  English / Spanish

DURATION:   2 Hours 15 Mins

GENRE:          DRAMA / MUSICAL

 

VOLARE is a sweeping love story set in the village of Cuenca, Spain. At its heart, lies the ill-fated romance of the spirited and beautiful Marina Perales, and the handsome Mateo Benedicto, a training Catholic priest. After a chance meeting one night at the charismatic “Volare” tavern, a passionate relationship unfolds, one that can only be fulfilled in secret.

 

Marina’s extremely rich and influential family maintains the second-largest vineyard in Cuenca, adjacent to the prosperous wine-producing farms owned by the widowed aristocrat Don Javier. Her father, the domineering Don Santiago, promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to Don Javier in an attempt to unite the two empires.

 

Marina tries to convince Mateo to run away with her, but Mateo’s secret burden to become a priest forces the lovers to part ways, placing family obligation before love. Marina reluctantly submits to a life of unrequited love, and Mateo, who rises from parish priest to monsignor, finds himself plagued by the passion of a woman which will follow him all the days of his life. But can their passion for one another allow them to live apart, and will Marina’s darkest secret alter the lives of those closest to her?

 

Lambis’ epic musical defines passion through a fiery marriage of seductive flamenco and the exhilarating sounds of Spanish music.

 

COMING SOON

VOLARE - THE MUSICAL

CALLAS

LANGUAGE:   English / Greek

DURATION:     65 Minutes

GENRE:          BIO-DRAMA / MUSICAL

 

"I can and I will. Watch me."

 

PAUL LAMBIS’ CALLAS tells the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words.  The theatrical production reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings to become an international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.

This was a woman who was hounded by reporters all over the world, and defined by her relationship with the press.  A demanding perfectionist, Maria Callas believed that two different women lived in her: Maria, the woman who yearned for a normal life; and Callas, the public figure and icon with a notable reputation as a tempestuous diva.

An intimate revelation of the torrid love affair between Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis, Paul Lambis sets the stage for a Greek tragedy that recalls the tangled web of desire and deceit.

 

CYPRUS / NEW YORK 2019

TAJ MAHAL - THE MUSICAL

LANGUAGE:  English

DURATION:    2 Hours 15 Mins

GENRE:          DRAMA / MUSICAL

 

SPANNING two generations of the Mughal period, and covering the youthful passion and autumnal memories of Shah Jahan and his undying love for a Persian princess, Taj Mahal – The Musical has that quality which is paramount to the success of an epic, costume extravaganza.

 

The narrative flows with a fluent flamboyance. As the passion between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal unfurls like a richly embroidered Persian carpet, one is swept into a world of ornate corridors and age-old political intrigue.

 

Lambis’ Taj Mahal – The Musical is a well-mounted ode to the spirit of old world resplendence – a kaleidoscopic crowd of linear conflicts; a true love story which has mesmerised the world with its bewitching beauty.

 

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