Jeremy Irons Reads ‘Four Quartets’ at 92Y

Jeremy Irons was at the 92nd Street Y, in New York City, on Thursday 12 April 2018, to read T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’.

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Text via 92Y.org – “Seventy-five years after the publication of “Four Quartets” — and nearly seventy years since T. S. Eliot himself read from the poem in his Poetry Center debut — Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons returns to 92Y’s stage to present the masterwork in its entirety. This special event coincides with the awarding of the inaugural Four Quartets Prize, presented by the T. S. Eliot Foundation in association with the Poetry Society of America, as well as the CD release of Irons reading all of Eliot’s poems.

Guests in attendance included Sinead Cusack, Glenn Close, Laurence Fishburne, Melissa Errico, Griffin Dunne, Tyne Daly, producer Ed Pressman and his wife Annie, actor Josh Hamilton and his wife playwright Lily Thorne, and Alice Quinn – Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America.

Before he read the ‘Four Quartets’, Jeremy offered some background information on T.S. Eliot and on the themes and locations mentioned in the poems. He also offered some words of wisdom when it comes to listening to poetry and also reading poetry.

Jeremy said he often tells audiences before he reads the poems: “Don’t get worried about the specifics…about the little moments…about the classical allegories or analogies or whatever that he [the poet] pops in. That meant something to him, but if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it isn’t important. Just listen, let it wash over you. Don’t be too specific or pedantic in the way you listen. And maybe something will be transmitted over and above the poem.”

Jeremy mentioned that T.S. Eliot wrote: “A recording of a poem read by its author is no more definitive an interpretation than a recording of a symphony conducted by the composer. A poem, if it’s of any depth and complexity, will have meanings in it concealed from the author. And should be capable of being read in many ways and with a variety of emotional emphases. A good poem, indeed, is one which even the most inexpert reading cannot wholly ruin and which even the most accomplished reading cannot exhaust. Another reader reciting the poem needn’t feel bound to reproduce these rhythms. If he studied the author’s version, he can assure himself he’s departing from it deliberately and not from ignorance.”

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On Friday 13 April 2018, at The National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York City, Jeremy was on hand to present the inaugural Four Quartets Prize to poet Danez Smith. Read more about that event from LitHub.

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Complete TS Eliot Read by Jeremy Irons Due for Spring Release

Complete TS Eliot read by Jeremy Irons due for Spring release

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Faber have now confirmed a release date of April 5th, 2018 for the audio recording of Jeremy Irons reading the Complete Poems of TS Eliot.

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These are the readings, as heard on BBC Radio 4 over Christmas 2016/17.

Six programmes gather together the verse: Prufrock and Other Observations; Poems (1920); The Waste Land; The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday and Ariel Poems; Four Quartets; and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

The release will coincide with the 75th anniversary of Four Quartets being published in the US as a single volume.

Jeremy Irons will be reading all Four Quartets at a special event at the 92Y in New York, which will also see the presentation of the first Four Quartets Prize, presented by the TS Eliot Foundation in partnership with the Poetry Society of America for a unified sequence of poems or verse narrative.

Keep up to date at http://www.tseliotsociety.uk/

Jeremy Irons Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf – RACE

Jeremy Irons was at the 92nd St. Y in New York City on Sunday 31 January 2016, for a screening of RACE and a conversation with Annette Insdorf afterward.

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Jeremy Irons at 92Y to Discuss ‘Trashed’

Actor Jeremy Irons appeared in Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf on December 11, 2012. In this clip, Irons speaks about his new documentary film Trashed and what practical things we can do to improve our environment. Irons says we can find out from our legislators where out trash goes as well as get them to mark clearly what can and can’t be recycled.

Jeremy Irons to Attend ‘Trashed’ Preview Screening at 92Y for thoughtgallery.org

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Jeremy Irons – Trashed Preview Screening

Jeremy Irons - Trashed Preview Screening

Date/Time
12/11/2012 – 7:15 PM
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Location
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500
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The Oscar-winning star of such films as Reversal of FortuneThe French Lieutenant’s WomanThe MissionLolitaDead Ringers and the TV series “The Borgias,” Jeremy Irons is also a producer, director, and activist. He will join Reel Pieces moderator Annette Insdorf for an onstage discussion after a selection of clips from his movies and a preview of Trashed, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and will be released Dec. 14 in New York.

Irons is the executive producer of this powerful documentary, a wake-up call about global waste. Irons investigates and reveals the extensive pollution of land, water and air around the globe-a threat to the food chain and to future generations. While Irons is outraged, the film also features images of paradoxical beauty as well as a score by the renowned composer Vangelis.

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Reel Pieces – Jeremy Irons, with a Preview of “Trashed” (Candida Brady, Director, 2012, 97 minutes)

The Oscar-winning star of such films as Reversal of Fortune, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Mission, Lolita, Dead Ringers and the TV series The Borgias,  Jeremy Irons is also a producer, director and activist.

Showtime at 92Y: The Borgias: One-on-one with Jeremy Irons

This event has been cancelled, due to scheduling conflicts with Jeremy’s next film Beautiful Creatures.

 

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Date: Fri, Apr 27, 2012, 8 pm
Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
New York City

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Jeremy Irons, Academy Award-winner (Reversal of Fortune), one of the master actors of our day and an endlessly charming talk show guest, visits 92Y to talk about his career and his starring role as the devious Rodrigo Borgia in the second season of Showtime’s sumptuous drama “The Borgias.”

Brief Bio

Caryn James, a film and culture critic, is writer and owner of the James on screenS film and television blog for Indiewire and a contributor to The New York Times Book Review and other publications. Previously, she was film critic, chief television critic and critic at large for The New York Times. She is the author of the novels What Caroline Knew and Glorie.

Showtime at 92Y:

Showtime, the cable channel responsible for some of the sharpest, smartest series on television, joins 92Y in offering a behind-the-scenes look at its hit shows in a series of conversations at 92Y with critic Caryn James. Jeremy Irons, star of The Borgias, Edie Falco and the producers/creators of “Nurse Jackie” and Laura Linney and the cast of “The Big C” will talk about their creative process and share clips from the new season.