Alexi Kaye Campbell's play Sunset at the Villa Thalia explores the impact of foreign influence, planned and unintentional, on the Greek nation and its people over the course of a decade between 1967 and 1976. It was first performed in the Dorfman auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on 1 June 2016 (previews from 25 May).
The play takes place entirely on the terrace of a small house on the Greek island of Skiathos, in two different time periods: April 1967 and August 1976. As the play opens, in April 1967, Greece is in political turmoil. An English couple in their thirties, Charlotte and Theo, have retreated to the island in search of peace and inspiration. But when they meet a charismatic American couple, Harvey and June, at the port, they are seduced into buying a cottage on the island at a knockdown price, and effectively disinherit the Greek owners. Their actions are to have devastating consequences.
The National Theatre premiere was directed by Simon Godwin and designed by Hildegard Bechtler. It was performed by Sam Crane, Pippa Nixon, Ben Miles, Elizabeth McGovern, Glykeria Dimou, Christos Callow, Thomas Berry, Billy Marlow,
Ethan Rouse, Sophia Ally, Dixie Egerickx, Scarlett Nunes and Eve Polycarpou.