Follow Us on Twitter

Gilgamesh - White Bear Theatre

Gilgamesh cast photos by McVirn Etienne.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

GILGAMESH, a new queer play told in verse by Piers Beckley, receives its world premiere at the White Bear Theatre, where it runs from Tuesday, October 10 to Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Directed by Ray Shell, this is the story of Gilgamesh and his best friend and lover Enkidu – how the two men fought the demon Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven, and how they lived, loved, and died. It is about the most important of questions: What does it mean to live forever?

The Epic of Gilgamesh is the world’s oldest known story. Written down on clay tablets more than 4,000 years ago, it predates both the Mahābhārata and Odyssey.

The king has killed all of the enemies of the city-state of Uruk. Having accomplished everything he ever wanted, he spends his time fighting in the streets of the city, and taking the virginity of each new bride before her wedding night. But the Gods, entreated by the citizens of Uruk, have plans for him.

Before he can escape his own nature, he will fight the demon Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven; he will learn to love a man and be loved in return; and he will search the world until he discovers the secrets known only by the immortal who lives beyond the waters of death.

The cast features Luke Trebilcock (as Gilgamesh), Nicola Blackman, Jaye Ella-Ruth, Sarah Lott, The Countess Alex Zapak, Margaret Tully, Birte Widmann, Jazmine Wilkinson and Toby Wynn-Davies.

Gilgamesh is written and by Piers Beckley (Persona, The Just So Stories) and directed by Ray Shell (The Bodyguard, Starlight Express, Miss Saigon) whose previous work together includes acclaimed productions of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Gilgamesh is suitable for ages 15+.

Tickets: £15 £12 concessions.

Time: 7pm.

Also at the White Bear Theatre: The Tailor-Made Man (November 7 to November 25, 2017).