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The Odyssey: Missing, Presumed Dead Full Cast Announced

25 August 2015

English Touring Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse today announce the full cast for the world première of their co-production of The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead. The production reunites Simon Armitage and Nick Bagnall after their recent collaborations on The Last Days of Troy and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Nick Bagnall directs Lee Armstrong, Simon Dutton, Roger Evans, Polly Frame, David Hartley, Ranjit Krishnamma, Chris Reilly, Sule Rimi, Danusia Samal, Colin Tierney and Susie Trayling.

Director of English Touring Theatre, Rachel Tackley said today, “I thought The Last Days of Troy was extraordinary and compelling, bringing ancient characters to life for modern audiences, so I leapt at the opportunity to commission Simon Armitage to finish the story.  I’m delighted to be working with him and Nick Bagnall on a new version of The Odyssey for audiences all over the country.  It’s a joy to be working with our old friends in Liverpool and to be opening it at the Everyman. We can’t wait to get started.”

Simon Armitage said “The new gods sit in Whitehall and Downing Street, no less image-obsessed and power-hungry than their ancient counterparts, and a latter-day borderless Europe forms the backdrop to Odysseus' travels, to a journey that begins at the confluence point of East and West, a place of conflict from the Siege of Troy to the present day.”

Lee Armstrong Simon Dutton Roger Evans


Lee Armstrong plays Magnus. His theatre credits include War Horse (National Theatre/Tour); Talk Show (Royal Court); Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange); Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun (Finborough Theatre); and for TV, Midsomer Murders, Inspector George Gently and Doctors.

Simon Dutton plays Prime Minister/Tiresias. His theatre credits include: Private Lives (Kensington Palace); Heartbreak House (Almedia); Time And The Conways (Old Vic); Not About Heroes and The Duchess Of Malfi (National Theatre). For TV his credits include A Royal Christmas, Dracula, The Saint,  and for film, Jupiter Ascending, Suite Francaise, 1911, Death Train, Lasko, Dangerous Beauty, A Man From A Far Country and Walking With The Enemy.

Roger Evans plays McGill/Eurylochus. His theatre credits include Britannia Rules The Waves (Royal Exchange); Henry VI (Shakespeare’s Globe); Salt Root and Roe (Donmar / Trafalgar Studios) andThe King Stag (Young Vic). For TV credits include, Da Vinci’s Demons (series regular), Gittins, The Warm Up Guy,Svengali, Fallout  and for film, Tarzan, Svengali, Kubricks, Hunky Dory, Ghosted, Atonement, All Or Nothing, Human Traffic,and The Bourne Identity.

Polly Frame David Hartley Ranjit Krishnamma


Polly Frame plays Anthea . Her theatre credits include Arcadia (Tobacco Factory); Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre); Pastoral (Soho Theatre); After Miss Julie(Young Vic), The Crossing 66 Books (Bush Theatre), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre). For TV her credits include, Man Down, The Tunnel, The Curse of the Hope Diamond, Silent Witness, Bunny Town, Sea of Souls, Accused, Life Begins, New Tricks, and Servants; and for film, Macbeth, Half Light and Duplicity.

David Hartley plays Kite. His theatre credits include Henry VI (Shakespeare’s Globe); As You Like It and Merlin (Chester Performs); Billy Liar (West Yorkshire Playhouse);The Tempest (York Theatre Royal/Sprite Productions); I Caught Crabs In Walberswick (High Tide Festival); Lovely and Misfit (Trafalgar Studios); Measure For Measure (Globe and USA Tour) and Edward II (Sheffield Theatres); and for TV, Doctor Who, Talk To Me, Kingdom and The Amazing Mrs Pritchard.

Ranjit Krishnamma plays Reynolds/ Ensemble. For theatre his credits include Dara and Behind The Beautiful Forevers and Playing With Fire (National);The Daughter (The Wedding Collective); Othello (Nottingham Playhouse); Midnight’s Children (RSC). For TV, The Life And Adventures of Nick Nickleby,Silent Witness, Law And Order: London, Harley Street, Little Britain, Murphy’s Law, and for film, A Hundred Streets, Blitz, Cave In, New Year’s Dayand Shooters.

Chris Reilly Sule Rimi Danusia Samal


Chris Reilly plays Fenton/Perimedes/Ensemble. His theatre credits include Let The Right One In (National Theatre of Scotland); Truth and Reconciliation(Royal Court) and In My Mouth (Piccolo Theatre Milan). For TV his credits include Call the Midwife, Moving On, Atlantis II, Suspects,  Game of Thrones, Silent Witness, Scotland’s Killers, Five Daughters and Crash; and for film, Everest, Allies, The Devil Went Down To Islington,The Cost of Living and Wonderland.

Sule Rimi plays Soli/Polites/Ensemble. His theatre credits include The Rolling Stone (Royal Exchange/ West Yorkshire Playhouse); Boardergame (National Theatre Wales); Othello (Fluellen Theatre Company) and New Arrivals (Sherman Theatre Company). For TV his credits include Unforgotten, DNN, Stella,Crash, Caerdydd, Scrum IV: The Story of Tracey Beaker; and for film, Black or White, Mariah & The Midas Box, Silent Night,and Out of Nowhere.

Danusia Samal plays Leader of the Opposition/Circe/Anticlea/Briseis. Her theatre credits include How To Hold Your Breath (Royal Court); The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle); Circles (Birmingham Rep / Tricycle); Billy The Girl (Clean Break / Soho Theatre); The Birthday Party (Manchester Royal Exchange) and 1001 Nights (Unicorn / Transport); Liar Liar (Unicorn); . For TV her credits include Tyrant and Boom; and for film, In Close Quarters and Do You Want To Try Again?

Colin Tierney Susie Trayling


Colin Tierney plays Smith / Odysseus. His theatre credits include The Father (Theatre Royal Bath and Tricycle Theatre); Britannia Waves The Rules, The Seagull and Cold Meat Party (Royal Exchange); The Last Days Of Troy (Royal Exchange / Globe); Betrayal and Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible). For TV his credits include Vera, DCI Banks,Casualty 1909, Foyle’s War, and Mersey Beat and for film; Nowhere Boy, The Ombudsman, For Zeta, Splintered and Bye Bye Baby.

Susie Trayling plays Penelope / Siren. Her theatre credits include The Hook (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse / Royal & Derngate, Northampton); The Crucible and Twelfth Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Thomas Tallis (Shakespeare’s Globe); King John, Richard III and A Soldier in Every Son (Royal Shakespeare Company). For TV her credits include: Midsomer Murders, Vera, Emma, Heartbeat, Casualty ;and for film; Fragile, Fog Bound and All The Queen’s Men.

The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead opens at Liverpool Everyman on 30 September, with previews from 25 September, and runs until 17 October. The production then tours to venues including Richmond Theatre (20-24 October), Brighton Theatre Royal (27-31 October), Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe (3 -14 November), Cambridge Arts Theatre (17-21 November) and Exeter Northcott Theatre (24-28 November).

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