Jeremy Irons and Max Irons to Participate in Poetry Week at Donmar Warehouse

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Donmar Warehouse
41 Earlham Street
Seven Dials
London WC2H 9LX

UK 

Jeremy Irons will be a reader on Tuesday 31 May and Max Irons will be a reader on Thursday 2 June.

Following the success of her readings for the T.S. Eliot Festival in 2009, Josephine Hart makes a welcome return to the Donmar to produce and direct a week of poetry featuring a series of special readings with some of the country’s leading actors. She will devote each performance to the works of one or two poets, introducing and setting their poems in the context of their life. “The idea is simple,” Hart says, “an understanding of the life and philosophy of the poet illuminates the poetry and therefore makes the experience of reading or listening to each poem more intense.”

Readers  for Poetry Week:

Monday 30 May: Philip Larkin – Too clever to Live? – Charles Dance & Dan Stevens.

Tuesday 31 May: John Milton – Simply Sublime (2.30pm and 7.30pm) Emilia Fox, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Kendal, Dan Stevens.

Wednesday 1 June: Sylvia Plath – The Woman is Perfected – Harriet Walter.

Thursday 2 June: WWI Poetry – The Poetry is in the Pity (2.30pm and 7.30pm) Kenneth Cranham, Rupert Evans, Max Irons, Ruth Wilson.

Friday 3 June: T.S.Eliot – I Gotta Use Words – Harriet Walter & Edward Fox.

Book your tickets by calling (in the UK) 0844 871 7624.

Jeremy Irons to perform at John Mortimer at the Court…and later at the Bar

Jeremy Irons to perform at John Mortimer at the Court…and later at the Bar on 15 November

Photo courtesy of The Royal Court Theatre on facebook and The Evening Standard

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Tom Hollander, Alan Rickman and Dominic West have joined the cast of John Mortimer at the Court… and later at the Bar, a tribute to the late playwright held at the Royal Court in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs (of which he was chairman and president) on 15 November. Curated by playwright Stephen Jeffreys, the evening will also features performances from actors including Sinead Cusack, Edward Fox, Jeremy Irons, Emily Mortimer and Harriet Walter. Proceeds will go to the Royal Court’s Writers Development Fund.

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Jeremy reads the poetry of TS Eliot at London University event

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TS Eliot widow exults in his poetry reading

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by Geordie Greg

London Evening Standard

In a rare public appearance, TS Eliot‘s widow Valerie attended a reading of her husband’s poems last night at London University.

“It was marvellous to hear Tom’s poems and to have them read so well,” she said. It is 86 years since TS Eliot published The Waste Land, revolutionising English poetry and placing him as its greatest 20th century exponent.

The readers were Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, actor Jeremy Irons, The Wire’s star Dominic West and actress Anna Cartaret as part of the TS Eliot International Summer School. It is more than 44 years since Valerie Eliot was widowed and she has been the sole executor of his literary estate ever since, cleverly allowing Andrew Lloyd Webber to use her husband’s feline verse for the musical Cats which effectively bankrolled Faber & Faber as the music became a global hit.

The reading in the Brunei Gallery was organised by Josephine Hart, who has pioneered public poetry readings at the British Library and recorded CDs of verse read by Harold Pinter, Ralph Fiennes, Roger Moore, Edward Fox and many other great British actors, with a CD and book given to every secondary school, introducing pupils to the auditory power of poetry.

Mrs Eliot, 82, married the American-born poet in January 1957; he was 37 years older than her. She was the great love of his life, rejuvenating him after his disastrous first marriage to Vivien who was mentally ill.

Mrs Eliot edited the first volume of her husband’s letters and also the facsimile volume of The Waste Land with the manuscript showing how Ezra Pound cut it brilliantly by a third, ensuring its position as the most important poem in modern history.

She said she was moved and exhilarated by the readings which were fast, lively and produced a standing ovation from the audience.

“History before our eyes, an incredible connection,” said Heaney.

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