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Lily Cole to play Helen of Troy on stage

Lily Cole
Image caption Lily Cole's stage engagement follows a string of film roles

Model and actress Lily Cole is to make her full stage debut as Helen of Troy in a theatrical reworking of The Iliad by poet Simon Armitage.

Cole will star in Armitage's play The Last Days of Troy in Manchester and London in May and June.

It is described as a "visceral reworking" of Homer's epic poem about the Trojan War, in which Helen is said to be the world's most beautiful woman.

Cole is best known as a supermodel but has also appeared in a string of films.

Her big screen credits include the 2007 St Trinian's remake, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and 2011 horror The Moth Diaries.

On stage, she has previously appeared in The Old Vic's one-off 24 Hour Plays and a Cambridge University production of The Seagull.

The Last Days of Troy will open at Manchester's Royal Exchange theatre on 8 May before transferring to Shakespeare's Globe in London on 10 June.

Armitage described The Iliad as "a great action story".

He added: "The war itself is a story of east versus west, so I don't think it's too hard to see the parallels with the contemporary political world."

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