ALEXIS MINOTIS

(Chania, 1900 - Athens, 1990)

Great theatre actor and director. He first appeared on the stage in Chania in 1921 playing the role of the Chorus Leader and later that of the Messenger in Sophocles` "Oedipus Tyrannus" with Veakis. From 1925 until 1930 he cooperated with M. Kotopouli. Some of his greatest performances during his successful career were "The Merchant of Venice", "King Lear", Ibsen`s "Ghosts" and "Peer Gynt", "Macbeth", "Hamlet". He also directed ancient tragedies ("Hecuba", "Antigone", "Phoenissae", "Prometheus Bound", "Oedipus at Colonus") and from the foreign theatrical pieces prominent remained his directions in Sean O`Casey`s "Juno and the Paycock", in Strindberg`s "The Father", in Brecht`s "Mother Courage". In his performances of the ancient dramas Minotis followed mainly the views of Fotos Politis and Dimitris Rondiris and based them all on speech.



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