The Iliad by Chris Hannan, Directed by Mark Thomson at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Iliad

By Chris Hannan
Directed by Lyceum Artistic Director Mark Thomson

“… There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible – magic to make the sanest man go mad.”

The Gods of Olympus take their sides and the fates of all men hang in the balance. On the battlefield of Troy the scene is set for the final conflict to claim the beautiful Helen. Only the invincible Greek warrior Achilles can tip the scales of war to glory or defeat, but humiliated by his leader Agamemnon, he is stubbornly refusing to join the fray.

Homer's Iliad, the greatest and most influential epic poem ever written, tells of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy; the darkest episode in the Trojan War.

This great tale of gods and heroes, love, jealousy and revenge is brought to visceral life in a brand new adaptation by award winning Scottish Playwright Chris Hannan (Crime and Punishment, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, Shining Souls).

#ILIAD | #lyceum50

Production made possible by
Claire & Mark Urquhart

Additional support from
Geraldine Kirkpatrick Charitable Trust

Age recommendation: 14+

Cast and Credits

In alphabetical order

Jennifer Black - Hecuba / Servant to the Gods
Peter Bray - Paris / River
Emanuella Cole - Hera
Richard Conlon - Zeus
Amiera Darwish - Brieses / Helen / Aphrodite
Ben Dilloway - Hector
Ron Donachie - Agamemnon / Priam
Melody Grove - Thetis / Andromache
Mark Holgate - Patroclus
Reuben Johnson - Diomede / Lycaon
Daniel Poyser - Ulysses / Hephaestus
Ben Turner - Achilles


Director Mark Thomson
Writer Chris Hannan
Set Designer Karen Tennent
Lighting Designer Simon Wilkinson
Costume Designer Megan Baker
Composer Claire McKenzie
Fight Director Raymond Short
Casting Director Lotte Hines
Assistant Director Laura Cameron-Lewis
Historical Advisor Owen Dudley Edwards


Dates, Times & Prices

20 April – 14 May 2016
20, 21 and 22 April, 7.30pm
£10 (Preview tickets on sale here)

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running time: Approximately 2hrs 50minutes, including one 20 minute interval

For Access performances see below.


Individual Tickets

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday through Saturday, £15 - £29.50

Wednesdays and Saturdays, £13- £25

From £10, not available on Premium Seats

All prices guaranteed until 5 September 2015



  • Thursday 5 May - 7.30pm
  • Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 7 May - 2pm
  • Touch Tour - 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 11 May- 7.30pm


  • Saturday 14 May - 2pm

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement: click here

Press Coverage


"Immense...Vital, intriguing and compelling"

The Stage

"an ensemble production that is bold, dynamic and majestic"

The Guardian

"an epic staging that invests Homer's poetry with a sadly familiar flesh and blood relevance"

The Herald

"Compelling...Epic in scope, huge in sweep and utterly human"

All Edinburgh Theatre

"in [The Iliad, Mark Thomson] finds the contemporary and the eternal that makes us keep coming back to the ancient myths"

What's On Stage

"a remarkable achievement"

Edinburgh Guide

"it works the drama of The Iliad unfold before me, I felt it come alive once more, as if it had found its natural home in the footsteps & throat-beams of actors"

Mumble Theatre

"Emmanuella Cole is magnificent throughout as Zeus’s betrayed and furious wife Hera, offering a gorgeous masterclass in how to combine every possible meaning of the word goddess"
The Scotsman

"Richard Conlon’s wonderfully louche Zeus is like an unaccountable dictator...Hera is played with burning rage and insouciant swagger by the excellent Emmanuella Cole."
The Telegraph



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