THE LAST DAYS OF TROY
Epic, tragic, spectacular - one of the most famous of all the Greek myths
- 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
- 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
Helen of Troy