The public events will be at 8:30 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM and 5 PM. Presented in a translation by Robert Fagles, it will be directed by Rupert Goold and Robert Icke. Among the actors participating are Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irvine, Andrew Scott, Juliet Stevenson and Simon Russell Beale. Also featured will be Adrian Scarborough, Anna Madeley, Amanda Boxer, Amanda Hale, Andy de la Tour, Annette McLaughlin, Annie Firbank, Ashley Zhangazha, Bertie Carvel, Bryony Hannah, Carmen Munroe, Charlotte Randle, Cherrelle Skeete, Douglas Henshall, Elizabeth Chan, Emily Berrington, Forbes Masson, George MacKay, Hara Yannas, Ian Hart, Indira Varma, Ivanno Jeremiah, Janet Suzman, Jenna Russell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jonjo O’Neill, Joshua Higgott, Justin Salinger, Kate Fleetwood, Lia Williams, Lorna Brown, Louise Brealey, Luke Thompson, Michael Shaeffer, Michele Austin, Miranda Richardson, Naomi Frederick, Noma Dumezweni, Olivia Williams, Paul Chahidi, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Rhashan Stone, Richard Cant, Robert Sheehan, Rudi Dharmalingam, Scott Handy, Susannah Fielding, Toby Jones, Tom Bateman, Tom Goodman-Hill and Vanessa Kirby.
The Odyssey follows the huge success of The Iliad, which involved more than 60 readers and reached an audience of over 50,000 people across the world, watching online or in person at the British Museum and the Almeida Theatre. It provided an opportunity for a groundbreaking level of online engagement, partly due to the 16-hour live stream of the event; video footage is available on the Almeida website.
The Odyssey will be live-streamed at almeida.co.uk/odyssey, and to join the conversation on Twitter, follow @AlmeidaOdyssey and use #Odyssey. For those who can't attend the reading on location, the live stream will be shown throughout the day in the Almeida Theatre foyer and at a pop-up viewing shop on Upper Street (next to the John Salt Bar).