Cast announced for Simon Armitage’s Odyssey play

Full casting has been announced for Simon Armitage’s The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead, which premieres at Liverpool Everyman next month.

The production reunites Armitage with director Nick Bagnall after their recent collaborations onThe Last Days of Troy and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

The cast will feature Colin Tierney as Odysseus, alongside Lee Armstrong, Simon Dutton, Roger Evans, Polly Frame, David Hartley, Ranjit Krishnamma, Chris Reilly, Sule Rimi, Danusia Samal and Susie Trayling.

Armitage said: “The new gods sit in Whitehall and Downing Street, no less image-obsessed and power-hungry than their ancient counterparts, and a latter-day borderless Europe forms the backdrop to Odysseus’ travels, to a journey that begins at the confluence point of East and West, a place of conflict from the Siege of Troy to the present day.”

The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead opens at Liverpool Everyman on 30 September 2015 (previews from 25 September), and runs until 17 October.

The production, which is co-produced by English Touring Theatre, then tours to venues including Richmond Theatre (20-24 October), Brighton Theatre Royal (27-31 October), Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe (3 -14 November), Cambridge Arts Theatre (17-21 November) and Exeter Northcott Theatre (24-28 November).