15 hours online performance of Homer’s Illiad

Rupert Goold and Robert Icke will direct complete reading of Homer’s The Iliad this summer as part of one-off festival celebrating Ancient Greek theatre

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Iliad, one of the world's longest ancient poems, is set for 15 hour long performance as part of a festival celebrating ancient Greek theatre culture.

Every word of the 15,000 line poem about the fall of Troy, will be read. The performance will also be streamed online.

Theatre director Rupert Goold and Robert Icke will work with 50 star names from the world of of the arts, academia and politics this summer. 

The event will start at the British Museum and will carry on until the night at the Almeida Theatre on 14 August.

Director Goold said, "Some years ago I did a stage adaptation of Paradise Lost, so I have previous form when it comes to verse narrative."

Goold also added, "The thing I've heard most from people at previews is that they enjoy it in the way that they can guzzle on box sets, like fans of Breaking Bad or Mad Men." 

The 15-hour marathon theatre project is just one of many events, talks, readings and performances taking place between June and October.

Other events in the Almeida Greeks festival will also include a number of debates about ancient and contemporary culture. 

The topics will span Medea to Mumsnet, From Dionysos to Dawkins, and From Aristotle to Albert Square.

TRTWorld and agencies