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.
You can view dates in full and purchase tickets here.
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."
‘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 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.”
Stephen Fry tickets, dates and venues are available online here.