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 and Times
20 April – 14 May 2016
20, 21 and 22 April, 7.30pm
£10 (Preview tickets on sale here)
Tuesday - Saturday
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Running time: Approximately 2hrs 50minutes, including one 20 minute interval
For Access performances see below.
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
"Compelling...Epic in scope, huge in sweep and utterly human"
All Edinburgh Theatre
"a remarkable achievement"
"it works magnificently...as 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"
"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"
“What I’ve tried to do is be sure that every season, there is something on stage for everybody in Edinburgh”
Mark Thomson talks to Liam Rudden in the Edinburgh Evening News
"When Melody Grove stepped onto the red carpet with Mark Rylance at this year's Olivier Awards..."
Neil Cooper talks to Iliad cast member Melody Grove about her journey from The Lyceum to Olivier nominations in The Herald
- "...in a time of global crisis, we have this impulse to look back to the roots of our civilisation"
Mark Thomson talks to Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman
- "...he is bristling with creative energy."
Mark Brown interviews Mark Thomson in the Sunday Herald