The Last Days of Troy
Royal Exchange Theatre in association with Shakespeare’s Globe
By Simon Armitage
From 10 June 2014
£15 - £42 seats
3 hours including interval
Ashley Martin Davis
Helen of Troy
Please note: This production has now closed.
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.
‘Beyond the battlefield, the original tale is a back-room story of wounded pride, and the push and pull of family ties and national loyalty – tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breath-taking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths’
‘A faithful rendition of the great story’
Daily Mail ★★★★
‘Lily Cole, an affecting debut as Helen of Troy... absorbing evening of mythic storytelling’