PREVIEW: The Odyssey, The Scoop

Gods and Monsters Theatre  will present Ancient Greece’s epic story The Odyssey at The Scoop amphitheatre from the 9th August to the 3rd September. 

Odyssey_PORTRAIT(1small).jpg With Tower Bridge as its view, The Scoop and Gods and Monsters will present Homer’s Greek epic in three parts over the summer as part of London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season, returning for the 15th year.

This three hour and three part story show is completely free to audiences and has been adapted and directed by Phil Willmott to bring to life a story filled with monsters and battles of the high sea.

Each part of the production is a story within a story, so audiences can enjoy it individually or follow the whole of Odyessus journey across a three-hour show.

Timings for each part are as follows:

Part One: A GREAT BIG ANCIENT GREEK ADVENTURE (6.00pm) will excite explorers of all ages as our hero Odysseus sets off from Troy, yearning to return home. Suitable for all the family, this engaging first play will be jam-packed full of adventure as our hero battles both gods and monsters.


Part Two: THE POWER OF LOVE (7.30pm) is a play for the romantic at heart, as Odysseus and his crew are confronted by tempting sirens and passionate goddesses. Odysseus struggles to stay faithful to his wife, Penelope, whilst she is besieged by suitors at home. Can their love survive with the two kept so far apart and for so long?


Part Three: THE HOMECOMING (9.00pm) Odysseus must adapt to a changed world as he finally returns to face the perils of reclaiming his former kingdom and reuniting with his loved ones. This hauntingly beautiful final play is a celebration of home and family.

As well as being written and directed by Phil Willmott, the production will feature music by Theo Holloway, set design by Philip Eddolls, costume design by Penn O’Gara, lighting by Phil Supple and puppet design by Jonny Dixon. Casting for the production has yet to be announced.

The Odyssey will play at London’s The Scoop from the 9th August until the 3rd September. For more information visit:

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