Theseus, Hercules, Ulysses, Jason, Achilles... The island-hopping heroes of classical mythology leave a trail of women - queens, sorcerers, pioneers, poets and politicians - in their swaggering wake. Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Ovid gave voice to those women in a series of fictional letters called The Heroines. Now, 15 leading British playwrights draw inspiration from Ovid to dramatise the lives of 15 Heroines. This exclusive online production in partnership with Digital Theatre is filmed live in our empty theatre. Delivered by an outstanding cast in three parts - The War, The Desert and The Labyrinth - 15 Heroines is a landmark theatrical event. The War tells the untold stories of the Trojan War - Oenone, Hermione, Laodamia, Briseis and Penelope, written by Lettie Precious, Sabrina Mahfouz, Charlotte Jones, Abi Zakarian and Hannah Khalil. The Desert is about women going their own way - Deianaria, Canace, Hypermestra, Dido and Sappho, written by April De Angelis, Isley Lynn, Chinonyerem Odimba, Stella Duffy and Lorna French. The Labyrinth is about the women who encountered Jason and Theseus - Ariadne, Phaedra, Phyllis, Hypsipyle and Medea, written by Bryony Lavery, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Samantha Ellis, Natalie Haynes and Juliet Gilkes Romero.Performers Eleanor Tomlinson (Canace - The Desert), Martina Laird (Sappho - The Desert), Olivia Williams (Hypsipyle - The Labyrinth), Gemma Whelan (Penelope - The War), Nadine Marshall (Medea - The Labyrinth), Jemima Rooper (Briseis - The War), Indra Ove (Deianaria - The Desert), Nicholle Cherrie (Hypermestra - The Desert), Rosalind Eleazar (Dido - The Desert), Patsy Ferran (Ariadne - The Labyrinth), Dona Croll (Phaedra - The Labyrinth), Nathalie Armin (Phyllis - The Labyrinth), Sophia Eleni (Laodamia - The War), Ann Ogbomo (Oenone - The War), Rebekah Murrell (Hermione - the War).
Author April de Angelis. Author Stella Duffy. Author Samantha Ellis. Author Lorna French. Author Juliet Gilkes Romero. Author Natalie Haynes. Author Charlotte Jones. Author Hannah Khalil. Author Bryony Lavery. Author Isley Lynn. Author Sabrina Mahfouz. Author Chinonyerem Odimba. Author Lettie Precious. Author Timberlake Wertenbaker. Author Abi Zakarian. Director Adjoa Andoh. Director Tom Littler. Director Cat Robey. Design Jessie McKenzie. Design Emily Stuart. Design Louie Whitemore. Lighting Johanna Town. Lighting Simisola Majekodunmi (assistant). Sound Nicola Chang. Sound Max Pappenheim. Director Gabriella Bird (assistant). Director Khadifa Wong (assistant). Stage Manager Lisa Cochrane. Stage Manager Zoe Dhillon.