Mark Gatiss, Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Manville, John Simm, Ben Whishaw and Kate Fleetwood are just some of the actors taking part in a truly epic production.
They will be part of a 60-strong cast performing a live reading of Homer’s Greek tragedy The Iliad, streamed for over 15 hours from the British Museum – it’s happening now and you can watch it here.
Every word of the 15,000 line poem will be performed by stars of stage and screen in a relay reading starting at 9am on Friday 14th August and continuing long into the night.
Simon Russell Beale was first up on Friday morning after Professor Simon Goldhill kicked off proceedings by reading the first 50 lines in Ancient Greek.
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Director Rupert Goold said he was inspired by Dermot O’Leary’s 24-hour Comic Relief dance-a-thon.
Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, James Bond stars Ben Wishaw and Rory Kinnear, Doctor Who’s John Simm and The Widower’s Kate Fleetwood will all be taking part throughout the day.
See the full list of performers taking part below
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Simon Russell Beale