Department of Greek & Latin


2021 Odyssey Festival

UCL Odyssey Festival 2021

This year’s Classical play was not a conventional stage performance of a Greek play. We decided to do something special with the text we had chosen to work on for this year: Homer's Odyssey.

Living Archive

In response to the government’s announcement of national lockdown on 4th January, we decided not to move the play into an online format, but to produce something equally exciting and original: we created a ‘living archive’ of the Odyssey, which you can explore by clicking on the second link below. We also invited the general public to take part in this 'living archive', whose contributions you can browse by clicking on the first link. The page contains the contributors’ personal views on and reactions to the Odyssey

2021: Homer's Odyssey Living Archive - Public Contributions

2021: Homer's Odyssey Living Archive - Production Team

This Guide contains essays, short videos, and video recordings of the public lectures held on 8-12 February on the Odyssey and its reception


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Associated events:

Odyssey 'Round the World' (Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - Wednesday, December 9, 2020)

More about the UCL Classical Play

This is now one of the most famous and long-running commitments to the modern production of ancient drama in the world. It attracts large audiences, many of whom are young people studying classical drama at school or university, and is regularly reviewed in the national press. Ticket prices are kept low. 

The production is managed by students in the Department of Greek and Latin, with help and advice from staff. A number of former students involved in the classical play have gone on to careers in drama. Students choose a director and a producer in the autumn: the title of the play for the following year is announced in late October (and is advertised on this website).

The Department of Greek and Latin is committed to bringing these productions to the widest possible audience. For each production we run a programme of lectures and workshops, free and open to the public, which are run by leading academics and theatre experts from across the UK. For the benefit of schools and colleges we also create a web-page of study materials on ancient drama in general, and with special focus on the current year's performance. 

Last year's play was Aristophanes Frogs. Read more about the production and the students involved.