Jeremy Irons to Participate in Benjamin Britten Tribute at Charleston Festival

Due to a scheduling conflict, Jeremy Irons was unable to participate in the Charleston Festival.

Alex Jennings replaced Jeremy Irons reading poems, principally those of W.H.Auden, which inspired Britten’s songs.



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Sunday 26th May
Benjamin Britten Tribute
Michael Berkeley, Ronald Blythe, Jeremy Irons and Nicholas Kenyon

Tickets £18 (Returns Only) For ticket inquiries for Jeremy’s reading: Give the Charleston Festival a ring on the Office number- 01323 811626- They’ve got a waiting list going.

Benjamin Britten visited Charleston and was painted by Duncan Grant. In his centenary year, we have assembled a unique gathering of speakers to celebrate his work and life. Michael Berkeley, composer and Britten’s godson, presents BBC Radio 3’s long-running Private Passions. Ronald Blythe, author of Akenfield, worked with Britten in the 1950s. His new memoir, The Time by The Sea: Aldeburgh 1956-1958, describes this period. Nicholas Kenyon is Managing Director of the Barbican Centre. He was previously controller of BBC Radio 3 and responsible for the Proms from 1996-2007. Jeremy Irons, one of our major stage and screen actors, from The French Lieutenant’s Woman to last year’s BBC 2’s Hollow Crown, reads poems – principally Auden’s – that inspired Britten’s songs.

Supported by the Sussex Country Gardener

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