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Iliad The Musical is an stage version of Homer’s Iliad using Ancient Greek instruments.

The show (technically a sung-through musical) about the rage of Achilles is just as shocking, funny, sensitive, and passionate as the epic that’s captivated audiences for centuries.

The show is a family-friendly, educationally-accurate, faithful recreation of Homer’s Iliad, set to original music and choreography in the Ancient Greek genres, played on Ancient Greek instruments.

You’ll walk out humming a timeless mantra as relevant today as ever: Never Forget.

Our Mission

Our mission is to faithfully recreate Homer’s Iliad in a sung-through musical, using Ancient Greek instruments playing original music in Ancient Greek genres, in a family-friendly show that pleases Homer and honors Apollo.

You can volunteer or become a patron to join us on our epic adventure.

Synopsis

Act I

Enraged at his commanding officer, the 25-year-old Achilles withdraws from the great war for Helen of Troy.

Achilles prays his fellow Greeks lose. Zeus grants his prayer, and the Trojans advance so far they set fire to the Greek ships themselves.

Act II

Hector and Apollo kill Patroclus, so Achilles goes berserk. Achilles leads the Greek army all the way to the walls of Troy, where Achilles and Athena kill Hector in the final duel.

The show closes with Achilles and the Trojan King Priam crying together out of mutual respect as Achilles returns Hector’s body, at last ending his rage.

Historical Context

It’s time Homer returned to the theater.

In Ancient Greece, where modern theater was invented, the most popular show was the Iliad. People loved it. A single actor sang it in a theater while an orchestra played the music.

The show was 10-12 hours long, and took place over many evenings.

We’re on a mission to introduce people into Homer’s larger world with a shorter, more digestible 2-hour show where action replaces the spoken-word narrative.

There’s a reason people love Homer so much. For centuries he was the first author every student read at University, no matter what subject you studied. People loved his Iliad so much they chose the show’s lyrics to be written when our alphabet was first penned in the Greek language.

His emotion is raw. His wit is sharp. His story is legend.

It’s time Homer returned to the theater.

Community Productions

You can produce your own performance and share the experience with your community. Learn more about community productions.

Community productions of Iliad The Musical cover the first three books and the last three books of Homer’s Iliad in a 45-minute show that captures the essence of the entire epic. Theatrical licensing now available.

Get Involved

You can join us along our epic adventure to once again bring the Iliad to life in theaters across the globe.

We are actively enrolling patrons, community/school theaters, commercial theaters, partners, sponsors, career professionals, and anyone interested in helping us faithfully recreate Homer’s Iliad on stage.

Interested in getting involved? You can become a volunteer or learn more about performing.

Contact Us

You can contact us with questions, concerns, comments, or complaints.

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