Marathon Man

It's marathon season on London's stages. Less than a month after the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) raised the curtain on its epic cycle of Shakespeare's plays This England—The Histories at the Barbican, the same venue hosts a show that claims to be the longest play ever written. Tantalus, penned by RSC author and director John Barton, is a vast retread through the saga of the Trojan War. Divided into nine parts, Tantalus lasts all of 10 hours—long enough to convey the scale of the decade-long conflict it depicts. (Playgoers can see the play in three installments over consecutive weeknights, or instead...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!