Literature

The Odyssey Live Reading

Part of London Literature Festival

Hear a live reading of the ultimate oral poem, The Odyssey, in an event inspired by Emily Wilson's groundbreaking new translation of Homer's text.

One of the oldest works of Western literature, composed in the eighth century BC, Homer's timeless epic explores universal questions about what it means to have a home and what binds a family together.

With a cast of authors and actors directed by Cedering Fox, Artistic Director of WordTheatre, this reading of the abridged text brings to life this enduring story of a hero making the perilous journey home to his family from the Trojan War. The cast includes George MacKay, Joseph Marcell, David Morrissey, Ray Panthaki, Nina Sosanya, Juliet Stevenson, Indira Varma and Bellamy Young.

This is provisional casting, subject to change.

The Odyssey tells the story of Greek warrior Odysseus as he attempts to make his way home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy. Along the way he encounters a host of dangerous and seductive characters, from the Sirens and the Cyclops to the beautiful goddess Calypso, and even descends to the Underworld. Meanwhile, his wife Penelope is beset by suitors, who have taken up residence and refuse to leave, and their son Telemachus sets out to find his father.

Wilson's lively new translation brings new dimensions to this well-known story, attuning us to characters and aspects of the work that have previously been consigned to the margins.

Presented by Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival in collaboration with the Times Literary Supplement and the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London.

Dates & times

21 Oct 2018
Approximate run time: 150 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£20
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£20

Multi-buy discount
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Multi-buy discount
A multi-buy discount is available on a selection of events within London Literature Festival. Book two or more of these events in the same transaction and receive a 20% discount.

Further information
Southbank Centre cannot guarantee the appearance of the artists referred to. No refunds will be issued in the event that the listed artists do not appear.