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THE LAST DAYS OF TROY
08 May 14 - 07 June 14

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THE LAST DAYS OF TROY
By Simon Armitage
A visceral retelling of Homer’s The Iliad by poet and novelist Simon Armitage
WORLD PREMIERE

“The Iliad is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breath-taking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths.” Simon Armitage

At a time when the nation is commemorating World War I, it tells the story of an ancient battle, its legendary heroes and noble losers.

Two civilizations are at war. The Greeks are laying siege to the ancient city of Troy to try to win back their abducted queen, Helen, reputedly the most beautiful woman in the world. But despite battlefields dyed scarlet with blood and the local river running red, opposing forces have reached a bitter stalemate. In this tense stand-off, desperate actions lead to extreme and unexpected reactions, both on earth and among the Gods of Olympus.

The Last Days of Troy completes Homer’s tale, with Simon Armitage’s dramatisation bringing the war to a brutal conclusion. Through it, he considers how we are locked in the same cycles of conflict and revenge, of east versus west, and the same mixture of pride, lies and self-deception that fed the Trojan War.

With the same cast, this reworking of literatures oldest war poem will run in repertoire with Britannia Waves The Rules. In contrast to Troy’s armies marching lustily into battle, this heartfelt tale illuminates people and places that have been forgotten and the inability to escape the horrors of war. 

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Simon Armitage is rightly celebrated as one of the country's most original and engaging poets; but he is also an adaptor and translator of some of our most important epics, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Death of King Arthur and Homer's Odyssey.

The latter, originally a commission for BBC Radio, rendered the classical tale with all the flair, wit and engagement that we have come to expect from this most distinctive of contemporary authors, and in so doing brought Odysseus's return from the Trojan War memorably to life.

The Last Days of Troy, its classical counterpart, tells the tale of the Trojan War itself in a vivid new dramatic adaptation that is published to coincide with the theatre's stage production.

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Cast
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Gillian BevanDavid  BirrellRichard BremmerClare CalbraithLily  ColeGarry CooperJake FairbrotherSimon HarrisonBrendan OTom StuartColin  TierneyFrancesca Zoutewelle
Directed by Nick Bagnall
Designed by Ashley Martin-Davis
Lighting Chris Davey
Sound Pete Rice
Composer Alex Baranowski
Fights Kevin McCurdy
Assistant Director Liz Stevenson

EVENT INFORMATION

VENUE
The Theatre

BOOK TICKETS
Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online

TICKET PRICES
Standard tickets from £14.50
Half Price Previews from £7.25
Banquette tickets: £10

PERFORMANCE DATES
8 May - 7 June 2014
(In repertoire with Britannia Waves The Rules)

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Monday – Friday evenings: 7.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday matinees: 2.30pm
Saturdays: 3.30pm and 8.00pm (please note: 4.00pm start on Saturday 31 May)
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RUNNING TIME
2 hours and 55 minutes, which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes
 
BACK STAGE TOUR
Wednesday 14 May, 11.00am
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AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION
Thursday 5 June, after 7.30pm performance
 
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Saturday 31 May: 4.00pm
 
BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Tuesday 3 June: 7.30pm
 
CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
Thursday 29 May: 7.30pm 
 
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DISCOVER...

Between the Lines
Play-reading and discussion group. For everyone over 18. Come along and read, discuss or just listen.
Wednesday 28 May, 11.00am - 1.00pm. Tickets £6
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Behind the Scenes
Pre-show introduction to the play and production. For all ages.
Wednesday 14 May, 10.00am - 12 noon. Tickets £6/£4 concessions.
Book on 0161 615 6702