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The Last Days of Troy


Lily Cole stars as Helen of Troy, ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’, in Simon Armitage’s vivid, visceral adaptation of Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid.

For 10 years, the Greeks have been laying siege to Troy to win back their abducted queen, Helen. But as the war drags on and the battlefields run scarlet with blood, the opposing forces are entrenched in a bitter stalemate. As gods and mortals squabble amongst themselves for the spoils of war, the exhausted warriors go to extreme lengths in a desperate grab for victory....

Dramatised by multiaward-winning poet and playwright Simon Armitage, The Last Days of Troy was first produced as a stage play at the Manchester Royal Exchange and Shakespeare’s Globe, and this radio version features the original cast. Both a tense action adventure and a powerful commentary on the futility of war, it brings Homer’s ancient myth to dynamic life and explores themes that still resonate today, in a world locked in cycles of conflict and revenge, East versus West and with the same dangerous combination of pride, lies and self-deception that fuelled the Trojan War.

Cast and credits Agamemnon - David Achilles - Jake Fairbrother Zeus - Richard Bremmer Odysseus - Colin Tierney Hera - Gillian Bevan Andromache/Thetis - Claire Calbraith Hector - Simon Harrison Helen - Lily Cole Paris - Tom Stuart Athene/Briseis - Francesca Zoutewelle Priam - Garry Cooper Patroclus - Brendan O’Hea Astyanax - Luca Rawlinson

Original music by Alex Baranowski. Directed for radio by Susan Roberts. First directed for The Royal Exchange Theatre by Nick Bagnall.

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International Women's Day

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In this International Women’s Day Audible Sessions Special, seven influential women discuss literature and gender equality and the importance of diversity in storytelling and reveal the women who inspire them.  Featuring June Sarpong, Lily Cole, Meera Syal, Pearl Mackie, Prue Leith, Sam Baker and Eleanor Tomlinson.  As part of this Audible Sessions Special, Audible made a donation to the Malala Fund, a charity championing the education of girls across the globe.

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