Stephen Fry to perform one-man trilogy of shows at the London Palladium
Published in 2017, Mythos condenses a millennium of Greek myths, legends and stories, detailing the birth of the solar system and how humankind was created. The book was adapted for the stage and received its world premiere at the Shaw Festival in Canada last year.
Mythos is the collective name for three separate plays based on the book. The first play titled Gods takes audiences through the history of Greek gods. According to press material, the performance will explain the 'primordial chaos to the creation of the dazzling Greek pantheon'. Heroes is the second play, recounting the Greek heroic myths of Perseus, Heracles and Theseus. Men rounds off a trilogy of plays, looking at the relationship between love and being in battle, focusing on the Trojan War.
In a review for The Stage, Martin Morrow said that Mythos is: ‘an Olympian feat of storytelling well worth a pilgrimage.’
Stephen Fry is a multi-award-winning comedian, actor and writer, who has enjoyed an active performing career since the 1980s, adapting the 1930s musical Me and My Girl which ran in the West End from 1984 to 1992. Fry last performed in London in 2012 as Malvolio in a production of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe, later transferring to Broadway and earning Fry a Tony award nomination.
Fry is perhaps best known for his critically-acclaimed television performances, including A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster in the 1990s alongside his comedy partner Hugh Laurie. He also hosted QI from 2003 to 2016, as well as presenting Emmy award-winning documentaries including Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.
Each part of Mythos will be performed at the London Palladium over two days: Gods will be performed on 13th September at 7:30pm, Heroes will be performed on 14th September at 2:30pm, and Men will be performed at 7:30pm on 14th September.
Photo credit: David Cooper. Creative by Key Gordon. Courtesy of the Shaw Festival.