Jeremy Irons Attends 2018 Carol Concerts

Jeremy Irons has been a reader at several Christmas Carol Concerts in London, this month.

On Monday 3rd December, Jeremy was a reader at the Children & the Arts Carol Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London.





On Wednesday 5th December, Jeremy was a reader at the Place 2 Be Carol Concert at St. Marylebone Parish Church, with special performances from Laura Wright and the St Mary’s C of E Primary School Choir, Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, Paula Wilcox, Joanne Good and SANSARA.

Funds raised will help us reach children and young people in schools across the UK – but if you weren’t able to attend, you can still support our vital work. Even a small donation can make a big difference:




On December 6th, Jeremy attended the Maggie’s Centres Carol Concert at Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

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Jeremy Irons Attends Cigar Smoker of the Year Awards

Jeremy Irons accepted the Boisdale Lifetime Achievement Award at The Vina Carmen Cigar Smoker Of The Year Awards 2018 founded by Boisdale at Boisdale of Canary Wharf on December 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photos by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Check out the @jeremyironsnet Instagram saved stories for video snippets of Jeremy’s acceptance speech.

Jeremy Irons Supports Firefly International

Jeremy Irons made a video to speak of his support for Firefly International, a charity which supports locally-led projects in Bosnia, Syria and Turkey that create safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for young people to learn, thrive and grow. Through artistic and educational programmes, our partners, Svitac and Firefly Syria, provide young people with opportunities and support to develop their skills, confidence and networks, improving prospects for brighter futures for themselves and their communities.

Jeremy was unable to attend the 2018 Firefly International Gala on November 20th, due to his filming commitment for Watchmen in Atlanta, Georgia.



Jeremy Irons at Watlington Christmas Market

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack were on hand at the 2018 Watlington Christmas Market, to draw the winning raffle tickets, on Saturday 1st December 2018.

Jeremy Irons at Sisters Grimm 10th Birthday Celebration


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On Thursday 8th November, Sisters Grimm celebrated their 10th birthday by presenting excerpts from several of their upcoming shows to an intimate audience at the Ministry of Sound in Elephant and Castle.

The Ministry was transformed from its usual sweaty, dark and chaotic throng into something altogether more reserved, with walls and balcony decorated with lights and ivy. The middle of the floor was taken up by a single plastic tree sprouting little white flowers, as if to immerse attendees in a fairytale forest.

The “sisters” are composer Ella Spira and ex-Royal Ballet dancer Pietra Mello-Pittman. In their own words, Sisters Grimm was founded “with a vision to create shows that maintain the highest artistic standards, are culturally themed, socially relevant and accessible”. At the Ministry of Sound, they presented previews of five of their new performances: Voices of the AmazonSakuraThe Great Winter, The Enchantress and Grammy award-nominated Inala. Each segment offered just a taste of what’s in store for viewers of the full productions in the future, from spirited Zulu ballet to a lively re-imagining of Japanese fan dancing.

Acclaimed actors Jeremy Irons, who presented the performances, and Joely Richardson each lend their voices to Voices of the Amazon and The Great Winter respectively, and the London Contemporary Voices choir joined Alfie Boe in a song for the latter. A behind-the-scenes video preceded each excerpt, where performers and those involved behind the scenes were able to have their say on the artistic validity of and method behind each of the different works.

Inala – meaning “abundance of goodwill” in Zulu – will have its West End premiere at London’s Peacock Theatre from 29th April until 19th May 2019, and following a run at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore will tour the UK. 



Jeremy Irons Participates in Pages of the Sea

Jeremy Irons invites you to join Danny Boyle and thousands of people on 11 November to mark one hundred years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. Gather on beaches across the UK & Ireland to say a personal thank you & goodbye as part of Pages of the Sea. Who will you say goodbye to?



11 November 2018 marks 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. To mark the occasion we’re working in partnership with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary on ‘Pages of the Sea’.

Today filmmaker Danny Boyle invited communities around the UK to gather on beaches, on the 100th anniversary of Armistice to say thank you and goodbye.

Millions contributed to the First World War, many of them departing from these shores.  At low tide, on selected beaches around the UK, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand and be washed away as the tide comes in. The sand art designs will be created by Sand in Your Eye.

Anyone who wants to join in can help create silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. Individuals, families and communities will also be invited to read a new poem by poet Carol Ann Duffy.

Jeremy Irons Reads Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Finalizing the Deal, I Believe You Call It’


Jeremy Irons reads Leonard Bernstein’s poem “Finalizing the Deal, I Believe You Call It”, a negotiation with a gender-changing God, penned six months before his death.

In May 1990, near the end of his storied life, Leonard Bernstein drafted “Finalizing the Deal, I Believe You Call It,” a poem bargaining with God, reminiscent of his Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish.”

Click on the player below to listen to Jeremy reading the poem:



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Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor, rehearses at Carnegie Hall in 1959 in New York City. (Photo by David Attie/Getty Images)

Finalizing the Deal, I Believe You Call It

1. Trimeters

I made a deal with God.
God, she was tough to deal with.
Dealt me a tempting clause —
Then a sharp zap to the kidney.

It wasn’t a real deal,
Really, just a sort of
Gentleperson’ s Agreement.
We almost shook on it;
The snag was Time, time
Not just to live it out
To the maximum, only to write
That one Important Piece.

“How do you know it will be
That important?” she asked.
“I’ll know, all right, but there’ll be
No way to prove it. Not in a court
Of law, especially our kind
Of court. No witnesses.”
“Bull****,” she murmured. “It’s the same
Old thing again: Afraid
To Die, afraid to try
The consequences of Not-to-Be.”
“Wrong,” I said. “Afraid
Died in my vocabulary
Long ago — except of hurting
Someone I love, and then
Of not writing my Piece
Before my Not-to-Be.”
Long discussion; not to bore you
With it: We swapped equations,
We weighed the torts and liens.

2. Tetrameters

Then she became suddenly tender,
At the same time changing gender.
“I offer the Answer to the Unanswered Question
In trade for cancer, or lethal indigestion.”

I thought to myself: unfair bargaining.

Much more painful to know the Answer
Than any form of mortal cancer.

3. Mixed Doubles

“But the Cosmos,” she wheedled,
“The ultimate macro-atom.”

”No deal, thank you, madam.”
Changing gender, she played her ace
In the hole.  The biggest.  “Beginninglessness.”
That did it. I signed on.
We shook on it.
I’m still shaking.

Revised Prague
May 29, 1990


Understanding Bernstein’s “Finalizing the Deal…”

How do we measure a musician’s merit? How do we make peace with not knowing our legacy?

In Finalizing the Deal, Bernstein craves a God-like understanding (“conception of the inconceivable”) he calls “beginninglessness” — a concept he coined two years earlier in “Beauty and Truth Revisited” (“For want of a clearer / Conception of the inconceivable, / Beginninglessness, the lineage of a star, / The key, the Ultimate Creative Mind, / He calls it God…”).

As he and God argue over the importance of his “one Important Piece” and how it will be judged (*warning: Bernstein’s God swears), Bernstein says he no longer fears death (“Afraid / died in my vocabulary / Long ago”) — only personal and professional regret (“hurting Someone I love” and “not writing my Piece / Before my Not-to-Be”).

Bernstein — who suffered from cancer and the side of effects of treatments, and often advocated against nuclear war — rejects two offers from God (the “answer to the Unanswered Question” and understanding “the ultimate macro-atom”).

This time, “beginninglessness,” is offered; Bernstein accepts, sealing his fate, if not calming his soul.


Audio of Jeremy Irons recorded for The Bernstein Experience on Educational Foundation by Mark Travis, Associate Director of Media, Production, for the New York Philharmonic. Special thanks to Jeremy Irons, Mark Travis, Jamie Bernstein, author of Famous Father Girl; and Barbara Haws, archivist of the New York Philharmonic Archives.

Leonard Bernstein’s poem used by permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc. All rights reserved.