Jeremy Irons at A Celebration of Christmas at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Jeremy Irons was one of the readers at A Celebration of Christmas, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, on Thursday 19 December 2013.

Jeremy read some passages from The Bible and also the “Christmas Day” entry from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend.  (Scroll down for the full text.)

Here is audio of Jeremy reading on of the Bible passages at the event (Thank you to a TEAM JEREMY member in London for this recording!) -


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There was standing room only at St Paul’s as the annual Celebration of Christmas concert enthralled almost 2,500 people.

The concert, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group and performed by the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia on Thursday 19 December, saw a mix of congregational carols, works for choir and readings from four very special guests – Jeremy Irons, Tim Pigott-Smith, Trevor Phillips and Emily Watson.

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾
 by Sue Townsend

“Christmas Day

Got up at 5 AM to have a ride on my racing bike. My father paid for it with American Express. I couldn’t ride it far because of the snow, but it didn’t matter. I just like looking at it. My father had written on the gift tag attached to the handlebars, ‘Don’t leave it out in the rain this time’-as if I would!

My parents had severe hangovers, so I took them breakfast in bed and gave them my presents at the same time. My mother was overjoyed with her egg-timer and my father was equally delighted with his bookmark, in fact everything was going OK until I casually mentioned that Bert and Queenie were my guests for the day, and would my father mind getting out of bed and picking them up in his car.

The row went on until the lousy Sugdens arrived. My grandma and grandad Sugden and Uncle Dennis and his wife Marcia and their son Maurice all look the same, as if they went to funerals every day of their lives. I can hardly believe that my mother is related to them. The Sugdens refused a drink and had a cup of tea whilst my mother defrosted the turkey in the bath. I helped my father carry Queenie (fifteen stone) and Bert (fourteen stone) out of our car. Queenie is one of those loud types of old ladies who dye their hair and try to look young. Bert is in love with her. He told me when I was helping him into the toilet.

Grandma Mole and Auntie Susan came at twelve-thirty and pretended to like the Sugdens. Auntie Susan told some amusing stories about life in prison but nobody but me and my father and Bert and Queenie laughed.

I went up to the bathroom and found my mother crying and running the turkey under the hot tap. She said, ‘The bloody thing won’t thaw out, Adrian. What am I going to do?’ I said, ‘Just bung it in the oven’. So she did.

We sat down to eat Christmas dinner four hours late. By then my father was too drunk to eat anything. The Sugdens enjoyed the Queen’s Speech but nothing else seemed to please them. Grandma Sugden gave me a book called Bible Stories for Boys. I could hardly tell her that I had lost my faith, so I said thank-you and wore a false smile for so long that it hurt.

The Sugdens went to their camp beds at ten o’clock. Bert, Queenie and my mother and father played cards while I polished my bike. We all had a good time making jokes about the Sugdens. Then my father drove Bert and Queenie back to the home and I phoned Pandora up and told her that I loved her more than life itself.

I am going round to her house tomorrow to give her the deodorant and escort her to the pantomime.”

Jeremy Irons to Perform at Friendship Works Gala

Jeremy Irons will be one of the performers at a star-studded charity gala for Friendship Works.

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Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Dame Eileen Atkins have also joined the star-studded cast for our Gala Show: An Evening with the Stars on Sunday 3 March.

The show at Shakespeare’s Underglobe, will feature special performances from the cream of Britain’s acting talent, including event organiser and Patron, Tim Pigott-Smith, Patron Jonathan Pryce CBE, Hattie Morahan, Jon Snow, and Richard Stilgoe.

Guests will be treated to a champagne reception at this celebrated historic venue on the banks of the Thames, followed by unforgettable and one-off performances, and an exceptional three-course meal.

Join us for An Evening with the Stars on Sunday 3 March, celebrate the best of British talent, and help raise funds for mentoring.

Tickets are £2oo0 for a table of 10, or £200 for individual tickets.

Buy your tickets online here or download a booking form and return it to Olwen Sisupalan, Events Manager, at olwen@friendshipworks.org.uk.

For more information about the event and ways to be involved, please call Olwen on 03331 500116/07702 945548 or email olwen@friendshipworks.org.uk.

Jeremy Irons Protests Cuts to Arts Spending

from The Observer and guardian.co.uk

Sunday 13 March 2011

The damage caused by cuts to arts spending will affect us all

The return from cultural investment is huge. If we want to rebuild our economy, the arts should not be an easy target.

Before the last election the government promised to usher in a “golden age” for the arts. The reality couldn’t be further from this. With the reductions announced in last year’s Spending Review, the withdrawal of huge amounts of local authority support, the abolition of the UK Film Council and the financial pressures faced by the Arts Councils and the BBC, we are currently facing the biggest threat to funding the arts and culture have experienced in decades.

These cuts are deep and will affect not just those working and training in regional theatre, independent arts, the BBC, UK film, festivals, dance or theatre in education, but also those who access the arts through outreach and education programmes, community and youth groups and social care.

Nationally, the return from cultural investment is staggering. The performing arts and the film industry contribute more than £7bn to the economy each year. If we are serious about rebuilding our economy, culture should not be an easy target for cuts.

We must remember that many of our most internationally recognised artists and creative workers lauded at the Baftas, Oscars and Emmys started in regional theatres and small arts venues.

All those who have a role in taking decisions on cuts must think hard about the potential damage that could be caused to our economy and society.

Lynda Bellingham, Brenda Blethyn, Samantha Bond, Kenneth Branagh, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner, Rob Brydon, Saffron Burrows, Simon Callow, Peter Capaldi, Oliver Ford Davies, Robert Glenister, Sheila Hancock, Miranda Hart, Jeremy Irons, Mike Leigh, Adrian Lester, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Matthew Macfadyen, Patrick Malahide, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McDiarmid, Ian McShane, Dame Helen Mirren, Bill Paterson, Maxine Peake, Timothy Pigott-Smith, Diana Quick, Tony Robinson, Prunella Scales, Martin Shaw, Michael Sheen, Malcolm Sinclair, Imelda Staunton, Alison Steadman, Clive Swift, David Tennant, David Threlfall, Sandi Toksvig, Ricky Tomlinson, Johnny Vegas, Julie Walters, Samuel West, Timothy West, Penelope Wilton, Victoria Wood

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