Jermyn Street Theatre, together with London Review Bookshop and WW Norton, present a continuous performance of all 24 books of Emily Wilson’s translation.
The poem tells of the adventures of Odysseus as he tries to get home after the Trojan War, and of his wife Penelope’s struggles to keep their island kingdom from civil war, along with his son Telemachus’ search to find his lost father. This reading brings 72 actors together to perform Homer’s epic poem in sequence. ‘The Odyssey’ was first performed by bards across the Mediterranean in the eighth century BCE. The entire reading will remain on YouTube for a week.