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All-star cast announced for Almeida’s Iliad reading

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Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Manville and Rory Kinnear are among 60 actors performing in a reading of The Iliad, which takes place as part of the Almeida Theatre’s Greek season.

The durational reading, which begins at 9am on August 14 at the British Museum, will be live-streamed throughout the day on the Almeida’s website.

The event, which is expected to last more than 12 hours, culminates on stage at the north London theatre.

Directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold alongside associate director Robert Icke, the reading also features performers such as Simon Callow, Mark Gatiss, Janet Suzman, Sinead Cusack and Brian Cox.

The performance is part of the theatre’s Greek season, which includes productions of Oresteia, Bakkhai and Medea as well as a programme of extra events.

The 60-strong cast also comprises Nikki Amuka-Bird, Adjoa Andoh, Pippa Benett-Warner, Katie Brayben, Lorna Brown, Bertie Carvel, Oliver Chris, Simon Coates, Joe Dixon, Monica Dolan, Amanda Drew, Noma Dumezweni, Tim Dutton, Lisa Dwan, Caroline Faber, Will Featherstone, Stephen Fewell, Susannah Fielding, Deborah Findlay, Annie Firbank, Kate Fleetwood, Barbara Flynn, Naomi Frederick, Mariah Gale, Julian Glover, Simon Goldhill, Adrian der Gregorian, Scott Handy, Janine Harouni, Ian Hart, Kevin Harvey, John Heffernan, Joshua Higgott, William Houston, Eleanor Matsuura, Ian McDiarmid, Tobias Menzies, Hattie Morahan, Jonjo O’Neill, Ben Porter, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Paul Ready, Jenna Russell, Michael Shaeffer, Annabel Scholey, John Simm, Jonathan Slinger, Sharon Small, Matthew Spencer, Gavin Spokes, Tafline Steen, Luke Thompson, Sam West, Ben Whishaw, Lia Williams, Angus Wright and Hara Yannas.

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