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WORLD PREMIERE

THE LAST DAYS OF TROY

Epic, tragic, spectacular - one of the most famous of all the Greek myths

  • By Simon Armitage
  • 8 May 2014 - 7 June 2014
  • The Theatre

“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.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    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. Click here for full details

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

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online

    This production of THE LAST DAYS OF TROY will transfer to Shakespeare's Globe: 10 June - 28 June 2014. More Information

  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Nick Bagnall
    DESIGNER Ashley Martin-Davis
    LIGHTING Chris Davey
    SOUND Pete Rice
    COMPOSER Alex Baranowski
    FIGHTS Kevin McCurdy
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Liz Stevenson

  • Related Events
  • AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 5 June, after 7.30pm performance

    BACK STAGE TOUR: Wednesday 14 May, 11am

    DISCOVER... 
    Between the Lines
    Play-reading and discussion group. For everyone over 18. Come along and read, discuss or just listen.
    Wednesday 12 March, 11am - 1pm. Tickets £6. Book on 0161 833 9833

    DISCOVER... Behind the Scenes
    Pre-show introduction to the play and production. For all ages.
    Wednesday 5 March, 10am-12pm. Tickets £6/£4 concessions. Book on 0161 615 6702

  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 31 May, 4pm

    BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 3 June, 7:30pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 29 May, 7:30m

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