Trojan Trilogy

The scene is Troy, before the War.  Twenty years ago, Priam and Hekabe, King and Queen of Troy, exposed their baby son, Paris, on the mountain side to die, because of a prophecy that he would overthrow their city.  But the baby was saved by a shepherd, who brought him up, giving him the name Alexandros.

The annual Games in Paris’ memory are about to be celebrated.  Preparations are interrupted by a delegation of shepherds, complaining about the arrogant behaviour of one of their number, Alexandros.  But Priam is impressed by Alexandros’ demeanour and allows him to participate in the Games. Alexandros wins most of the events, defeating the Trojan heroes Hector and Deiphobus.  Deiphobus is furious and, with Hekabe, plots to murder the young upstart.

Hekabe sends for her daughter, the prophetess Cassandra, to come bringing poison, which she will mix in a drink for Alexandros.  But when she hands him the drink, Cassandra recognises Alexandros as her long-lost brother.  Horrified, she begs Hekabe to kill him, but Hekabe is overjoyed to be reunited with her son.  She argues that the ancient prophecy has in fact now been fulfilled in Paris/Alexandros’ victory over the Trojans in the Games and that there is nothing left to fear from him.  She begs her son never to leave her again, and he promises to do so, but first he must go to Sparta.  The play ends in celebration.


Full cast from the first reading of Alexandros,

The British Museum, London, 27th April 2007