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Almeida announces summer Greek festival

The festival includes an epic reading of ”The Iliad”

Marble portrait of Julius Caesar
Marble portrait of Julius Caesar
© British Museum

The Almeida Theatre has announced a three month summer festival to tie in with its new season Almeida Greeks, featuring major productions of Oresteia, Bakkhai and Medea.

The festival will run from June until October and, inspired in "spirit and form by the ancient Festivals of Dionysos", include a mix of performances, events, talks and readings on the subject of the Ancient Greek canon.

Highlights include 50 artists reading Homer’s The Iliad in its entirety. Directed by artistic director Rupert Goold and associate director Robert Icke, the marathon event on 14 August will commence at the British Museum and finish on the Almeida stage.

Elsewhere, there will be panel discussions featuring figures including A.C. Grayling, Charlotte Higgins and Ivo van Hove, and Midnight Run (18 July), a "walking night-time cultural journey" by poet Inua Ellams.

Almeida Greeks will also feature a range of music and live art echoing the productions; and Blanche McIntyre, Ramin Gray and Fiona Laird will direct readings of rarely performed Greek comedies.

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Poster image of Oresteia
Lia Williams stars in Oresteia, which opens tonight