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Modern Myths: Orpheus, Eurydice, and Us

Tue 22 January, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour

The ancient Greek myths are, as in many folk-tale traditions, a collection of stories that speak to some of our age-old concerns and questions about the world. In these myths we see the conflicts between men and women, young and old, the powerful and the disenfranchised acted out in superhuman (and often violent) ways. Even now, these myths can delight, and disturb, us all.

In dialogue with Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown, a remaking of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Dr Lucy Jackson will explore how myths were made and remade in Ancient Greece, and how that tradition of retelling myths continues today.

Dr Lucy Jackson is a researcher and teacher at King’s College London. She is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman theatre, and is currently working on the afterlives of Greek and Roman drama in the Renaissance and in the modern world. She worked as a consultant for the National Theatre’s production of Medea (2014), the Almeida Theatre’s Iliad (2015) and the Oresteia at Shakespeare’s Globe (2015).

Tickets £7 (concessions £5)

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