In a stunning setting on the banks of the River Thames, in The Scoop sunken ampitheatre, London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season promises to excite audiences for its 14th year by returning to its critically acclaimed classical roots with a reimagining of one of the world’s great epics – Homer’s Greek epic, The Odyssey .
A three-hour, three-part story filled with monstrous creatures and battles of the high sea, adapter/director Phil Willmott promises this season will be of epic proportions. Each part will be a story within itself, and can be enjoyed individually, or alternatively audiences can experience the whole of Odyessus journey across a fantastical three-hour show.
And there’s no need to book – just turn up and take a seat! There’s room for 1,000 people at every performance.
Staged as part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival, The Odyssey will be performed at The Scoop in this month-long, completely free event for all ages from on Wednesday – Sunday evenings from 9th August – 3rd September 2017.
Part One: A GREAT BIG ANCIENT GREEK ADVENTURE (6.00pm) will excite explorers of all ages as our hero Odysseus sets off from Troy, yearning to return home. Suitable for all the family, this engaging first play will be jam-packed full of adventure as our hero battles both gods and monsters.
Part Two: THE POWER OF LOVE (7.30pm) is a play for the romantic at heart, as Odysseus and his crew are confronted by tempting sirens and passionate goddesses. Odysseus struggles to stay faithful to his wife, Penelope, whilst she is besieged by suitors at home. Can their love survive with the two kept so far apart and for so long?
Part Three: THE HOMECOMING (9.00pm) Odysseus must adapt to a changed world as he finally returns to face the perils of reclaiming his former kingdom and reuniting with his loved ones. This hauntingly beautiful final play is a celebration of home and family.
Gods and Monsters Theatre in association with Iris Theatre
adapted from Samuel Butler’s translation of the Ancient Greek
written and directed by Phil Willmott
London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season
Adjacent to City Hall London Bridge City Queens Walk London SE1 2DB
August 9 – September 3
Press night: 6.00pm Friday 18 August
Wet weather alternatives: 6.00pm on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August
Performances: Wednesday – Sunday
Part 1: 6:00pm A GREAT BIG ANCIENT GREEK ADVENTURE
Part 2: 7:30pm THE POWER OF LOVE
Part 3: 9:00pm THE HOMECOMING
Thursday evening performances will be followed by a free 30-minute Q&A with the director and cast
Captioned Performance: TBA.
Total running time:
4 hours including two intervals
Cost: Entry is free
The Scoop at London Bridge City (Formally More London) is a sunken amphitheatre on the south bank of the Thames, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge next to City Hall.
The Odyssey will be a central part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival that takes place, annually, from June – September on the banks of the River Thames around City Hall with plenty of events, bars and eateries all summer for all the family.