Stephen Fry will embark on his first UK tour for nearly 40 years this summer, with his show Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men. In each location, he'll perform three shows.
Opening at the Edinburgh International Festival on 19 August, this trilogy of plays will see the comedy star telling some of the world's greatest stories about "Greek Gods, Heroes and Men whose gripping tales still echo today." The tour then continues across the UK - visiting Salford, Liverpool, Birmingham, London and Oxford, before finishing in Gateshead in mid-September.
The promoters explain: "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. 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."
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.
Stephen Fry says: "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."
Directed by Tim Carroll, the UK tour follows the world premiere of Mythos at the Shaw Festival, Ontario in 2018. At the festival Mythos received a wealth of glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Talking about the production set up, the producers say: "A semi-circle of screens designed by Doug Paraschuk surrounds an ordinary-looking wingback chair (which may not be so ordinary), setting the scene for Mythos. Dynamically designed projections by Nick Bottomley support the storytelling by featuring classic images with a humorous twist. The atmosphere is completed by Kevin Lamotte's lighting design, along with original and found music by Paul Sportelli."
A full list of dates is below. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster
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)
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