Stephen Fry is heading out on his first UK tour in nearly forty years.
Mythos: A Trilogy – Gods. Heroes. Men will open at the Edinburgh International Festival on 19 August.
The production takes the the form of a trilogy of plays that see one of the country’s most loved national treasures telling some of the world’s greatest stories about Greek Gods, Heroes and Men whose gripping tales still echo today. The tour continues across the UK until 23 September in Gateshead.
Mythos – Greek for “story” – is split into three separate shows and is loosely scripted, giving the audience a chance to hear Stephen’s signature wit and humour in action.
A synopsis teases: “With his vast knowledge of Greek mythology, Stephen has too many stories even for three shows, so his audience will help choose which tales to tell – making Mythos a different show every time.
“While the three Mythos productions each stand alone, they also constitute a sequence so that those who attend all three will follow a wonderfully satisfying story. Laugh-out loud funny, mind-blowing and often personal, Mythos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Stephen Fry said: “I am shivering and quivering with excitement at the thought of a UK tour, taking the astounding stories and characters from Greek myth around the UK. Three different shows over three different nights: people can come to one, two or three evenings, but whichever they choose I hope will be as exciting for the them as I know it will be for me.”
‘Gods’ charts the creation of the Cosmos and the primordial deities; the splendidly bloody interbreeding and family feuding that led to the rise of the Olympians – Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Athena, Hermes and the rest; and the creation of Humankind.
‘Heroes’ chronicles the feats, quests, love affairs, betrayals and triumphs of the Great Heroes. Perseus, Theseus and Heracles (to name but three) strive against the odds – and sometimes the gods – to rid the world of the mythical beasts and monsters.
‘Men’ tells the tale of the founding of Troy, the abduction of Helen and the gathering of the last great generation of Greek heroes to rescue her – Agamemnon, Menelaus, Achilles and Odysseus. The Trojan War and Odysseus’ epic journey bring to an end the age when the Olympians still moved among Humankind.
The production features scenic design by Doug Paraschuk, projections by Nick Bottomley, lighting design by Kevin Lamotte and original and found music by Paul Sportelli.
Stephen Fry tour dates and tickets
Ticket prices from £43.50 at ticketmaster.co.uk.
EDINBURGH, FESTIVAL THEATRE
Monday 19th August 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 1 – Gods)
Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 2:00pm (Part 2 – Heroes) and 7:30pm (Part 3 – Men)
Saturday 24th August 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 1 – Gods)
Sunday 25th August 2019 at 2:00pm (Part 2 – Heroes) and 7:30pm (Part 3 – Men)
SALFORD, THE LOWRY
Friday 30th August 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 1- Gods)
Saturday 31st August 2019 at 2:00pm (Part 2 – Heroes) and 7:30pm (Part 3 – Men)
LIVERPOOL, PHILHARMONIC HALL
Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 1 – Gods)
Thursday 5th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 2 – Heroes)
Friday 6th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 3 – Men)
BIRMINGHAM, SYMPHONY HALL
Monday 9th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 1 – Gods)
Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 2 – Heroes)
Thursday 12th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 3 – Men)
Friday 13th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 1 – Gods)
Saturday 14th September 2019 at 2:30pm (Part 2 – Heroes) and 7:30pm (Part 3 – Men)
OXFORD, NEW THEATRE
Thursday 19th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 1 – Gods)
Friday 20th September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 2 – Heroes)
Saturday 21st September 2019 at 7:30pm (Part 3 – Men)
Sunday 22nd September at 2:00pm (Part 1 – Gods) and 7:30pm (Part 2 – Heroes)
Monday 23rd September 7:30pm (Part 3 – Men)