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The Iliad

By Homer, Directed by Rupert Goold & Robert Icke

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14 Aug 2015

This summer, join us for a rare opportunity to experience a reading of Homer’s The Iliad.

From morning until night, more than 50 artists will be reading individual sections – beginning at the British Museum and culminating on the Almeida stage with the wrath of Achilles.

Directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold and Associate Director Robert Icke, Homer’s poem is the source myth of Greek drama and the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and war in literature.

Join us for a few chapters or for the entire tale — wherever your sense of adventure takes you.

In association with the British Museum.

Based on Robert Fagles’ translation of the Iliad published by Penguin


Direction Rupert Goold & Robert Icke
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
Associate Director Anthony Almeida
Associate Director Daniel Raggett
Academic Consultant Lucy Jackson
Casting Director Sophie Holland

Festival Producer Georgina Bednar
Assistant Producer Lucy Pattison
Festival Coordinator Sarah-Jane Brion
Production Manager Aggi Agostino
Light Robin Fisher
Sound Andrew Josephs
Digital Consultant & Filmmaker Todd Macdonald

Nikki Amuka-Bird
Adjoa Andoh
Pippa Bennett-Warner
Katie Brayben
Lorna Brown
Simon Callow
Bertie Carvel
Oliver Chris
Simon Coates
Brian Cox
Sinéad Cusack
Adrian der Gregorian
Joe Dixon
Monica Dolan
Amanda Drew
Lisa Dwan
Noma Dumezweni
Tim Dutton
Caroline Faber
Will Featherstone
Stephen Fewell
Susannah Fielding
Deborah Findlay
Annie Firbank
Kate Fleetwood
Barbara Flynn
Naomi Frederick
Mariah Gale
Mark Gatiss
Julian Glover
Simon Goldhill
Scott Handy
Janine Harouni
Kevin Harvey
John Heffernan
Joshua Higgott
Will Houston
Rory Kinnear
Lesley Manville
Forbes Masson
Eleanor Matsuura
Ian McDiarmid
Tobias Menzies
Hattie Morahan
Jonjo O’Neill
Tim Pigott-Smith
Ben Porter
Prasanna Puwanarajah
Paul Ready
Jenna Russell
Simon Russell Beale
Annabel Scholey
Michael Shaeffer
John Simm
Jonathan Slinger
Sharon Small
Matthew Spencer
Gavin Spokes
Janet Suzman
Tafline Steen
Luke Thompson
Samuel West
Ben Whishaw
Lia Williams
Angus Wright
Hara Yannas