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15 Heroines / THE WAR

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“I know exactly how fickle men can be.”

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THE WAR

Starring Ann Ogbomo, Sophia Eleni, Rebekah Murrell, Gemma Whelan and Jemima Rooper

In plays by Lettie Precious, Sabrina Mahfouz, Charlotte Jones, Abi Zakarian and Hannah Khalil

Theseus, Hercules, Ulysses, Jason, Achilles... The island-hopping heroes of classical mythology leave a trail of women - queens, sorcerers, pioneers, poets and politicians - in their swaggering wake. Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Ovid gave voice to those women in a series of fictional letters called The Heroines.

Now, 15 leading British playwrights draw inspiration from Ovid to dramatise the lives of 15 Heroines. This exclusive online production in partnership with Digital Theatre is filmed live in our empty theatre. Delivered by an outstanding cast in three parts - The War, The Desert and The Labyrinth - 15 Heroines is a landmark theatrical event.

The War is inspired by five stories from the Trojan War. Gripping, entertaining and surprising, these tales turn warfare on its head. When Paris triggered the war by abducting Helen of Troy, he abandoned his first wife, Oenone (Ann Ogbomo). His new bride Helen left behind her daughter, Hermione (Rebekah Murrell). Laodamia (Sophia Eleni) was married to the first Greek soldier to die in combat, and the fight to possess the captured Briseis (Jemima Rooper) is at the centre of Homer’s Iliad. Long after the war is over, Penelope (Gemma Whelan) awaits the return of her husband Odysseus.

Oenone is by Lettie Precious (Royal Court and Kudos Fellowship Winner 2019); Hermione is by Sabrina Mahfouz (A Brief History of Water in the Middle East - Royal Court); Laodamia is by Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis); Briseis is by Abi Zakarian (I Am Karyan Ophidian - Shakespeare’s Globe); and Penelope is by Hannah Khalil (A Museum in Baghdad - RSC).

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Don’t miss your tickets for the other two parts, The Desert and The Labyrinth.

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