The Last Days of Troy 
Written by: Simon Armitage
Directed by: Nick Bagnall
The Greeks are laying siege to Troy to win back their abducted queen, Helen. But as the conflict drags on, and despite battlefields scarlet with blood, opposing forces have reached a bitter stalemate. Desperate and exhausted, both Gods and mortals squabble amongst themselves for the spoils of war and the hand of victory.
The Last Days of Troy completes Homer’s Iliad, with award-winning poet and author Simon Armitage’s dramatisation bringing the war to a brutal conclusion. It reveals a world locked in cycles of conflict and revenge, of east versus west, and a dangerous mix of pride, lies and self-deception.
CREATIVES AND PRODUCTION
- Designer Ashley Martin Davis
- Composer Alex Baranowski
Simon Armitage's modern take on the Iliad is impressive even if Lily Cole's Helen is less so – but it lacks the personal touch
Nick Bagnall’s production probably found a coiled intensity at the Manchester Royal Exchange, but on the Globe’s wooden stage, out in the open air, it looks like so much play-acting. Don’t get me wrong: it’s great fun to watch, but you can’t take it half as seriously as it takes itself.
Armitage has done a neat job of condensing his sources into a highlights package that captures the main historical events and the key strands of legend in which they’ve been wrapped.