Jeremy Irons Reads ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’

Airing on Christmas Day 2015, Jeremy Irons read from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, on BBC Radio 4.

Click below to listen to Part 1:

Click below to listen to Part 2:

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Text from the BBC:

On Christmas Day 1937 , nearly two years before book publication, five of T.S Eliot’s Practical Cats poems were broadcast as readings by Geoffrey Tandy on BBC Radio . The Radio Times wrote’ For some time past Mr Eliot has been amusing and instructing the offspring of some of his friends in verse on the subject of cats. These poems are not the kind that have been usually associated with his name’.

Over 75 years later, one of our greatest actors, Oscar- winning Jeremy Irons re-visits the original five poems along with the further ten which make up the Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats .

In this treat for Christmas day you will find familiar much-loved characters including Growltiger, Mungojerrie , Rumpleteaser, Old Deutoronomy, Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity Gus and Skimbleshanks . These are cats who are notorious , lurk in shadows, baffle Scotland yard, dance by the light of the moon and who must not be woken . They are found on trains, in the theatre, in the high street. They juggle, sleep, conjure, are curious and bore but they all show another side of one of our most important British poets .

T.S Eliot ‘s poems have been enjoyed by many in the musical Cats, but here we return to the poems without any music and celebrate the inventiveness in the original words. Following on from his powerful readings of The Waste land , Four Quartets and The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock for BBC Radio 4 Jeremy Irons continues his radio journey through the works of T.S Eliot with the cats .

The Naming of Cats
Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat
Growltiger’s Last Stand
The Rum Tum Tugger
The Song of the Jellicles
Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer
Old Deuteronomy
Of the Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles
Mr Mistoffelees
Macavity:The Mystery Cat

Gus:The Theatre Cat
The Old Gumbie Cat
Bustopher Jones:The Cat about Town
Cat Morgan introduces himself
The Ad-dressing of Cats.

Directed in Salford by Susan Roberts.

Jeremy Irons Reads Poetry for Guardian Visuals Series on Climate Change

Actors, including Jeremy Irons, read a series of 20 original poems on the theme of climate change, curated by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, as part of the Guardian Visuals Series.

Jeremy Irons reads ‘Storm’ by Michael Longley…

Jeremy Irons reads ‘Turbines in January’ by Colette Bryce…

Jeremy Irons Performs ‘The Sea, the Sea’ by Iris Murdoch

Jeremy Irons is the featured performer for Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea on BBC Radio 4.

Part one aired on Sunday 23 August 2015. Part two aired on Sunday 30 August 2015.

Listen to Episode 1 on the BBC iPlayer

LIsten to Episode 2 on the BBC iPlayer

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Synopsis:

Charles Arrowby, a distinguished theatre-director, decides to retire to a remote house by the sea in order to write his memoirs.

Sound Design: Wilfredo Acosta
Producer: Fiona McAlpine
Director: Bill Alexander
An Allegra production for BBC Radio 4.

Jeremy Irons Reads ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T.S. Eliot

Listen to the entire BBC Radio 4 broadcast HERE.

On Tuesday 2 June, BBC Radio 4 aired a programme about T. S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, to celebrate the centenary of the poem’s publication.

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Jeremy Irons Wins Emmy for Outstanding Narrator

Jeremy Irons won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator for “Game of Lions”. The awards were announced during the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Saturday 16 August 2014, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

Jeremy was not in attendance to accept his award.

The awards will be broadcast on Sunday 24 August at 8pm ET/PT on FXM, with a replay at 10pm ET/PT.

Game of lions

Here is the full list of nominees in the category:

Outstanding Narrator

WINNER
Game Of Lions • Nat Geo WILD • Wildlife Films
for National Geographic Channels
Jeremy Irons, Narrator

One Life • Nat Geo WILD • BBC Earth
Productions
Daniel Craig, Narrator

Penguins: Waddle All The Way • Discovery
Channel • A John Downer Production for BBC
and Discovery Channel
Jane Lynch, Narrator

Too Cute! • Holiday Special • Animal Planet •
Produced by True Entertainment, LLC for
Animal Planet
Henry Strozier, Narrator

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley •
HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association
with George Schlatter Productions and Whoop
Inc. Productions
Whoopi Goldberg, Narrator

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Here’s what the Jouberts had to say about Jeremy Irons as their narrator:

What does Jeremy Irons bring to “Game of Lions” as narrator?
More than you would imagine. He brings a perfection and voice, obviously, but he reads the script with such authority that it reeks of credibility, and so it should. Jeremy has been a friend and collaborator for 12 years now, on seven films. So he understands every sentence and the behavior that is being described. If he does not understand what I have written, we stop, I convince him that it is correct or we change it. We have come to know Jeremy as a man of such professional integrity and character and personal mettle that very few have.
Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/new-film-plays-a-game-of-lions#ixzz374yKVMdn

Jeremy Irons Reads TS Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’

BBC Radio 4 iPlayer – link to the original recording

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The text of ‘Four Quartets’ may be found HERE.

Jeremy Irons reads Four Quartets by T.S.Eliot.

Four Quartets is the culminating achievement of T.S. Eliot’s career as a poet. While containing some of the most musical and unforgettable passages in twentieth-century poetry, its four parts, ‘Burnt Norton’, ‘East Coker’, ‘The Dry Salvages’ and ‘Little Gidding’, present a rigorous meditation on the spiritual, philosophical and personal themes which preoccupied the author. It was the way in which a private voice was heard to speak for the concerns of an entire generation, in the midst of war and doubt, that confirmed it as an enduring masterpiece.

With an introduction by Michael Symmons Roberts, Lord David Alton and Gail McDonald.

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Jeremy Irons narrates ‘Angel Heart: A Music Storybook’

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This title was released on September 24, 2013.
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Listen to audio samples HERE.

angel heart a music storybook

Drawing on the tradition of great music-and-story works like Peter and the Wolf, Angel Heart is a music storybook in deluxe CD packaging, featuring best-selling young-adult author Cornelia Funke (Inkheart), and composer Luna Pearl Woolf (Après moi, le déluge) with an A-list cast of performers such as Jeremy Irons, Matt Haimovitz & Uccello, Frederica von Stade and more, with artwork by the award-winning Mirada.
The story: A girl whose heart has broken into a thousand pieces meets an angel. During their travels in the night, the angel enlists the help of spirits of the East, North, West, and South on his quest to mend her heart.
In addition to Angel Heart, (story by Cornelia Funke, music by Luna Pearl Woolf, narrated by Jeremy Irons); the work combines well known songs from The Beatles, classical music and folk music. The visual storytelling design is by Mirada, a multi-platform company that was founded by Mathew Cullen and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro.

Product Details

Orchestra: Uccello, Childrens Choir of St. Martin de Porres School
Conductor: Michael Morgan
Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf (composer), Cornelia Funke (author)
Audio CD (September 24, 2013)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: OXINGALE RECORDS
ASIN: B00E4V0BUA
In-Print Editions: MP3 Music

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