The Man, His Myths and Legends; Stephen Fry - at the Liverpool Philharmonic Next Month the World's Greatest Story-Teller Is on His Way to Liverpool to Take Audiences on a Whimsical Journey through Greek Mythology. Here, Cheryl Mullin, Discovers Why These Ancient Tales Are Still as Relevant Today

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The Man, His Myths and Legends; Stephen Fry - at the Liverpool Philharmonic Next Month the World's Greatest Story-Teller Is on His Way to Liverpool to Take Audiences on a Whimsical Journey through Greek Mythology. Here, Cheryl Mullin, Discovers Why These Ancient Tales Are Still as Relevant Today


Byline: Cheryl Mullin

T SEEMS entirely appropriate that one of the world's greatest story-tellers is telling some of the world's greatest stories.

IStephen Fry is about to undertake his first UK tour in nearly 40 years with his new show: "Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men."

Beginning at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 19, Stephen arrives in Liverpool on September 4, delivering this trilogy of plays about Greek Gods, Heroes and Men over the next three nights.

Mythos - Greek for "story" - is divided into three separate shows. Loosely scripted, each evening will afford the audience the opportunity to revel in Stephen's signature wit, natural charm and effortless intelligence.

Drawing on his immense knowledge of Greek mythology, Stephen has an excess of stories even for three shows, so his audience will aid him in selecting which tales to recount.

This means that Mythos will be different every single night. It promises to be one of the most captivating theatrical events of the year.

The 61-year-old said: "I tried Mythos out at the Shaw Festival, in Canada, last year, and it went so well.

"It was also a really interesting use of the stage - it's not stand-up comedy and it's not drama. It felt like a new genre, and yet it's the oldest genre there is - gathering people round the fire to tell them the story of how everything began."

Even though the three Mythos productions are all self-contained, they also form a coherent sequence. Therefore, those lucky enough to have tickets for all three shows will be able to trace a beautifully satisfying arc.

Stephen continued: "The myths are such great stories, and it just struck me as a fun way of telling them. …

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