Set off on an epic journey

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A Derby Theatre production of Homer’s The Odyssey opens this week in a new version by Mike Kenny.

Directed by Sarah Brigham, The Odyssey runs from Friday, February 14 to Saturday, March 1, and is an epic version of a classic tale.

This is Derby Theatre’s third professional produced show. To mark 2014’s First World War centenary, The Odyssey, one of literature’s oldest stories, will explore and highlight the consequences of war through a brilliant and moving new adaptation brought vividly to life to life by a cast of performers through live music and emotive storytelling.

The Trojan War is over and it’s time for Odysseus to return home. The fighting may have ceased but storms still rage on the high seas. Our hero is forced to run the monumental gauntlet thrown down between him and the long awaited reunion with his family. But getting home is only half the battle, as 20 years has passed and everything has changed in his absence.

Director Sarah Brigham said: “Mike Kenny’s modern adaptation of this classic story, about a soldier who returns home from war and who has to piece his life back together, has a modern day feel, resonance and relevance through its language and themes.

“It is a timeless piece which the brilliant ensemble of actors will deliver with a powerful and emotional punch against a soaring, live musical score.”

Meanwhile, there is a companion piece to The Odyssey that is being staged from Wednesday, February 19 to Saturday, March 1.

Penelope RETOLD is the perfect accompaniment to The Odyssey, as it looks at the story from the perspective of Odysseus’ wife, Penelope.

The RETOLD programme is a series of brand new one-woman plays commissioned by Derby Theatre, from some of the most exciting female voices in contemporary theatre today. Penelope RETOLD will be created by theatre maker and performer, Caroline Horton, described in relation to her production of Mess as “a major, major talent” by Time Out.

Tickets for The Odyssey are £10-£25.50 (concessions £10-£23.50). Tickets for Penelope RETOLD are £9 (concessions are £6).

For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 59 39 39 or go online at