London’s Almeida Theatre announced today that their acclaimed Greeks season will conclude with a live streamed reading of Homer’s epic, The Odyssey.
The one-off event is set to take place on Thursday 12th November, with a cast of over 40 actors and artists performing from various locations across London which will be live-streamed online and available to watch on the theatre’s website. There will be some opportunities to join in the action live on location, and audiences can also follow the journey on Twitter through real-time commentary from @AlmeidaOdyssey.
Directed by the Almeida Theatre’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold, and Associate Director Robert Icke, The Odyssey follows the theatre’s reading of The Iliad earlier this summer. Part of the Greeks season, the live streamed reading in August featured 66 actors reciting 18,255 lines and included such readers as Katie Brayben, Simon Callow, Bertie Carvel, Brian Cox, Mark Gatiss, Rory Kinnear, Jenna Russell, Simon Russell Beale and John Simm. It drew a global audience of more than 50,000 people, who watched the performance online or in person at the Almeida and the British Museum.
Almeida Greeks has been a critically acclaimed season celebrating Ancient Greece, the highlights of which have included a reimagining of Oresteia, a major production of Bakkhai and an all-new interpretation of Medea. The Almeida also held a festival that featured events, talks and reading, inspired by the ancient festivals of Dionysus.
The Odyssey is presented by the Almeida Theatre and translated by Robert Fagles.
Speaking about the Greeks season, Almeida Theatre’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold said: “We’re delighted with the energy and momentum garnered by Almeida Greeks: new productions, vibrant readings, workshops and special events, and hundreds of actors and creatives coming together to boldly re-interpret the Greeks for audiences in our theatre, in the West End and online around the world. Essential plays made urgent by the most exciting artists: it’s what we at the Almeida are all about.”
Robert Icke, Associate Director of the Almeida Theatre, added: “We’ve been thrilled by how hungry audiences have proved for a big Greek feast: packed houses at the Almeida, standing room only to hear The Iliad, and a West End transfer for Oresteia. It’s been thrilling to meet so many of these texts in the flesh – and to learn about them holistically. The surprise pleasure for me was The Iliad: a very 2015 affair – a special one-off event, streamed live online – but also in its duration, its democratic inclusivity, and its relentless narrative drive, remarkably Homeric.”
The live streamed reading of The Odyssey will be staged by the Almeida Theatre on Thursday 12th November 2015, beginning from 9.00am and continuing throughout the day. The cast are due to be announced shortly.