Homer’s Iliad is an epic poem. Now, thanks to the British Museum and London’s Almeida Theatre, it has enjoyed the epic reading that it deserves.
The two cultural institutions got together for a 16-hour marathon reading of the Greek classic this past Friday. The work was read in its entirety by popular local actors, including Sinéad Cusack, Mark Gatiss, Rory Kinnear, Simon Russell Beale, and Ben Whishaw. The performance started in the British Museum and moved to the Almeida in the evening. All told, the epic poem took about 16 hours to read!
The reading wasn’t just for Londoners, though – the entire performance streamed online on the Almeida’s website for viewers around the world. That helped the reading go viral, and by the end of the event, #iliad was trending on Twitter worldwide.
All of this took place on Friday, so the reading has already wrapped up. But don’t fret if you missed it! The Almeida Theatre has already announced that the whole performance will be released as a podcast shortly. There will also be a “making of” film, as well as interviews with some of the readers about the day’s events. Keep your eye on their website for the podcast’s release and any further updates!
Main image credit: Almeida Theatre