"Lady of Ro" theatre drama at Arroyo Theatre in Athens

Lady of Ro

After a planned tour in Northern Greece, "The Lady of Ro" returns to Athens.

The play, directed by Stavros Litina and with Fotini Baxevani in the leading role, will be playing throughout February on the new stage of Arroyo (128 M. Alexandrou, Kerameikos), every Saturday and Sunday.

Based on the novel of the same name by Giannis Skaragas, "The Lady of Ro" is inspired by the life of Despina Achladioti, the Greek widow who became known as the Lady of Ro by the name of the small island, where she lived alone from World War II until her death.

After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Despina Achladioti became a heroic figure.

"The Lady of Ro" is a show that honours everything that our common humanity represents.

It is a timeless story for women struggling to find their place in a world without memory and space for them.

Written with great poetry, compassion and humour, with the air of the riveting interpretation of Fotini Baxevani and the atmospheric direction of Stavros Litina, "The Lady of Ro" is a shocking show that describes a universal story.


Saturday 18.00 & Sunday 21.15

Advance ticket sale HERE.

Despina Achladioti, known as the Lady of Ro (Κυρά της Ρω), was a passionate Greek woman born on the island of Kastellorizo in 1890.

Before the start of World War II, in which her home island was ravaged repeatedly, Achladioti sailed with her husband and mother, who was blind, to the nearby deserted island of Ro, where they lived off of a few goats, chickens, and veggie patch.

Her two companions died only years after their arrival, and Achladioti personally rowed her mother’s remains back to Kastellorizo for a burial.

Achladioti’s most renowned deed is that every day for 40 years, she would fly a Greek flag over the island even though the island at the time was under Italian occupation and she did not fear anyone.

READ MORE of her fascinating story HERE.