Dame Janet Suzman begins reading the poem at 9am, streaming live to the London Review Bookshop’s YouTube channel. At 12 noon, Jamael Westman (Hamilton) will start Book 5, streaming live to Jermyn Street Theatre’s own YouTube channel until late that night. Throughout the day, the baton will pass from one actor to the next, reawakening the oral tradition the poem comes from.
The recording of Emily Wilson’s acclaimed translation will remain on the bookshop and theatre YouTube channels for a week. The Odyssey brings 72 actors together to perform Homer’s poem in sequence, reawakening the oral tradition the poem comes from.
Artistic Director Tom Littler said: “Dozens of our freelance family of actors, who have appeared on stage at Jermyn Street Theatre or in our online work, are brought together for The Odyssey. It’s a unique opportunity to hear this gripping poem performed by 72 wonderful storytellers.”
The full cast comprises: Janet Suzman, Emma Fielding, Jim Findley, Aaron-Louis Cadogan, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Theo Ancient, Daphne Alexander, Jack Klaff, Sally Cheng, Naomi Frederick, Burt Caesar, Richard Keightley, Jamael Westman, Miranda Foster, Michael Pennington, Bu Kunene, Bea Svistunenko, Anna Demetriou, Joelle Brabban, Christopher Ravenscroft, Michael Lumsden, Naomi Asaturyan, Richard Derrington, Kirsty Bushell, Rob Heanley, Hannah Kumari, Paddy Stafford, Mercedes Assad, Cindy-Jane Armbruster, Augustina Seymour, Stanton Wright, Lynn Farleigh, Simon Kane, Skye Hallam, Stephanie Houtman, Lara Sawalha, Daniel Fraser, Elliot Pritchard, Lydia Bakelmun, Andrew Goddard, Edmund Digby-Jones, Waj Ali, Hannah Morrish, Andrew Francis, Lucy-Jane Parkinson, Nalan Burgess, Ellie Nunn, Alice McCarthy, Adam Karim, Rupert Sadler, Helen Reuben, Gavin Fowler, Rebecca Banatvala, Viss Elliot Safavi, Leah Whitaker, Adam Sopp, Judy Rosenblatt, Emanuel Vuso, Jessie Bedrossian, Annabel Bates, Tiwalade Ibirogba-Olulode, Atilla Akinci, Sam Crerar, David Sturzaker, Paula James, Issy Van Randwyck, Ian Hallard, Asha Kingsley, Miranda Raison, Samuel Blenkin, David Threlfall and Rachel Pickup.
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