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Presented by Shakespeare’s Globe and the Lakeside Theatre

By Derek Walcott

31 May, 1, 7 & 9 June

£10 standing
£25 - £45 seats
£60 premium tickets


Directed by
Bill Buckhurst


Joseph Marcell
Jade Anouka 

Music composed & performed by 
Tayo Akinbode  

  • Omeros/New

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Caribbean writer Derek Walcott adapts his Nobel Prize-winning epic poem Omeros for performance in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The poem spans both time and continents, following the journey of a present-day Odysseus and a beautiful house servant Helen, who incites her own Trojan War.

The narrative is rooted on the island of Saint Lucia, Walcott’s home, and will be underscored by live music, written and performed by Tayo Akinbode (The Lightning Child, 2013) to evoke the flavour of the Caribbean. Performed by Joseph Marcell, best known for his role as Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and King Lear at the Globe and on tour (2013) and Jade Anouka (Romeo and Juliet, 2013). Together they bring to life the characters in Walcott’s epic poem in a moving and poignant narrative.  

‘No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humour, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language or in the ability to express the thoughts of his characters’
The New York Times Book Review

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