Actors including Ian Mckellen, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irvine and Andrew Scott are announced for The Almeida’s Greek Season Finale of The Odyssey. Translation by Robert Fagles and Directed By Rupert Goold and Robert Icke. Four Locations announced for audiences to attend the Live Readings on Thursday 12 November 2015.
An army of artists including Adrian Scarborough, Andrew Scott, Anna Madeley, Amanda Boxer, Amanda Hale, Andy De La Tour, Annette McLaughlin, Annie Firbank, Ashley Zhangazha, Bertie Carvel, Bryony Hannah, Carmen Munroe, Charlotte Randle, Cherrelle Skeete, Douglas Henshall, Elizabeth Chan, Emily Berrington, Forbes Masson, George MacKay, Hara Yannas, Ian Hart, Ian McKellen, Indira Varma, Ivanno Jeremiah, Janet Suzman, Jenna Russell, Jeremy Irvine, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jonjo O’Neil, Joshua Higgott, Juliet Stevenson, Justin Salinger, Kate Fleetwood, Lia Williams, Lorna Brown, Louise Brearley, Luke Thompson, Michael Shaeffer, Michele Austin, Miranda Richardson, Naomi Frederick, Noma Dumezweni, Olivia Williams, Paul Chahidi, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Rhashan Stone, Richard Cant, Robert Sheehan, Rudi Dharmalingam, Scott Handy, Simon Russell Beale, Stanley Tucci, Susannah Fielding, Toby Jones, Tom Bateman, Tom Goodman Hill and Vanessa Kirby will read Homer’s sequel, which will be live-streamed free from unusual and iconic locations across London to celebrate the end of Almeida Greeks, on Thursday 12 November 2015.
There are four locations on The Odyssey route where audiences are invited to experience the readings live. Capacity is limited at all locations and tickets will be issued at each venue on a first-come, first-served basis.
8.30am Almeida Theatre
11.00am Tower Pier
3.00pm Islington Town Hall
5.00pm Secret Location*
* Meet at the Almeida Theatre and be taken to an undisclosed location nearby
The Odyssey will be live-streamed at almeida.co.uk/odyssey and to join the conversation on twitter please go to @AlmeidaOdyssey and use #Odyssey. For those that can’t attend the reading on location, the live stream will be shown throughout the day in the Almeida Theatre foyer and at a pop-up viewing shop on Upper Street (next to the John Salt Bar).
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said “Homer is without doubt one of my favourite writers, so I’m thrilled his wondrous Odyssey is being brought to life with a city-wide performance as the finale of the stupendous Almeida Greeks festival. It’s an exciting marriage of two of my dearest loves: the Classics and London. What could be more exciting than a great poem performed in and around our great city?”
The Odyssey follows the huge success of The Iliad. Involving 66 actors reciting 18,255 lines of text, The Iliad reached an audience of over 50,000 people across the world, watching online, or in person at the British Museum and the Almeida Theatre.
The Almeida has captured an online visual and audio record of the Almeida Greeks season throughout its run. The Iliad provided an opportunity for a groundbreaking level of online engagement, partly due to the 16 hour live stream of the event, and video footage of this unique theatrical achievement is available on the Almeida website. All panels and discussions have been captured through film or audio podcasts, while three short films illustrating the making of the entire season will be made available shortly.