I'm no drama critic. I lack both the necessary theoretical background and, an infrequent theatre-goer, the practical experience, to do a decent job. However, as far as I can see no one else has tackled the recent King's College London Greek Play, so I shall have a go.
I saw the first night, preceded by a talk by Bettany Hughes, author of Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, which, as I find as I read it, is an exhaustive and fascinating account of Helen both in antiquity and how she has been seen since.
It's an odd play. Instead of the Homeric version of the Trojan war, it seems that the Helen snatched away by Paris from Menelaus's court to Troy was not the real Helen, but an eidolon. The real Helen, blameless, was brought by Hermes to Egypt where she has lived ever since. So, after the sack of Troy, Menelaus travels home and is shipwrecked on the coast. The play has an unusual happy ending too: Helen and Menelaus, reunited, conspire with the Egyptian king Theoclymenus' prophetess sister Theonoe, to outwit the king, faking a sea-burial for Menelaus, who they claim is dead, and then seizing the ship and sailing for Sparta.
Georgia Crick Collins, as Helen, was splendid in a demanding role; Menelaus was equally good, though he did play a few too many lines for laughs. Andreas Andreou, a modern Greek speaker, as Theoclymenus, had the difficult task of speaking in the classical language. The other parts were handled well, and the chorus, delivered their lines convincingly, though they sometimes lacked the cohesion necessary to convince the audience that they are watching a single unit. I have been spoilt for choruses, though, by seeing last year's Cambridge Greek Play, Agamemnon.
I was impressed by the audience too. With so many school students in the audience, the foyer crammed and echoing to teachers' despairing cries of, "St Custard's, do stick together', before we were let in, I feared that the production might be disrupted by inappropriate levity, but, though the odd double-entendre in the surtitles did raise a titter, everyone was very well behaved.