All-Star Cast to Present Complete Reading of "The Iliad" Today as Part of Almeida's Greeks Festival in London | Playbill

News All-Star Cast to Present Complete Reading of "The Iliad" Today as Part of Almeida's Greeks Festival in London A cast of more than 60 performs a marathon reading of the complete "The Iliad" as part of the Almeida Theatre's Greeks Festival, beginning at the British Museum and culminating on the Almeida stage Aug. 14. It is also being live-streamed on the Almeida's website.

The cast includes Bertie Carvel (Broadway's Miss Trunchbull in Matilda) and Ben Whishaw (currently starring in the Almeida's Bakkai), Katie Brayben (currently starring in the West End's Beautiful, who previously appeared at the Almeida in King Charles III), former Almeida artistic director Ian McDiarmid, Simon Callow, Mark Gatiss, Rory Kinnear, Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Manville and Brian Cox. Also appearing are Nikki Amuka-Bird, Adjoa Andoh, Pippa Benett-Warner, Lorna Brown, Oliver Chris, Simon Coates, Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack, Joe Dixon, Monica Dolan, Amanda Drew, Noma Dumezweni, Tim Dutton, Lisa Dwan, Caroline Faber, Will Featherstone, Stephen Fewell, Susannah Fielding, Deborah Findlay, Annie Firbank, Kate Fleetwood, Barbara Flynn, Naomi Frederick, Mariah Gale, Julian Glover, Simon Goldhill, Adrian der Gregorian, Scott Handy, Janine Harouni, Ian Hart, Kevin Harvey, John Heffernan, Joshua Higgott, William Houston, Eleanor Matsuura, Tobias Menzies, Hattie Morahan, Jonjo O’Neill, Tim Pigott-Smith, Ben Porter, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Paul Ready, Jenna Russell, Michael Shaeffer, Annabel Scholey, John Simm, Jonathan Slinger, Sharon Small, Matthew Spencer, Gavin Spokes, Tafline Steen, Janet Suzman, Luke Thompson, Sam West, Lia Williams, Angus Wright and Hara Yannas.

Homer's The Iliad, which chronicles the Trojan War, is the source myth of Greek drama and the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and battle in Western literature. It will be directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold and Associate Director Robert Icke.

The live screening is available at For the full festival line-up. visit

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