Jeremy Irons to Read T.S. Eliot on New Year’s Day

Jeremy Irons returns to Radio 4 after the success of last year’s T. S. Eliot readings on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Day 2017, he will read from the complete collected English-language poems of T. S. Eliot over five periods throughout the day.

The full schedule has now been released for the readings on BBC Radio 4 by Jeremy Irons from the complete canon of TS Eliot, across 1st January 2017.

The timings of the five broadcasts are:

09.00 Prufrock and Other Observations

13.30 Poems 1920

14.00 The Waste Land

17.00 The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday and the Ariel poems

19.15 Four Quartets

Shortly after the live broadcasts, the readings will be available on the BBC iPlayer

 

Each section will be presented by Martha Kearney and a special guest. They will explore the excitement and the achievement of Eliot’s language – from the early work including The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, through poems like Ash Wednesday and Journey of the Magi, and will celebrate works that transformed the literary landscape such as The Waste Land and Four Quartets. The acclaimed novelist Jeanette Winterson will be one of the guests joining Martha for this celebration of the enduring power of Eliot’s writing.

 

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Reader: Jeremy Irons
Presenter: Martha Kearney
Producer: Faith Lawrence for the BBC

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Jeremy Irons Recording Entire T.S. Eliot Canon for BBC Radio

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Jeremy Irons recording entire TS Eliot canon, July 2016

Following his acclaimed recordings of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, Prufrock and the Practical Cats,  Jeremy Irons is in the process of recording the remaining TS Eliot poems for BBC Radio 4, in order to complete his readings of the poet’s entire canon.

This was revealed at the TS Eliot Festival 2016 by Jeremy Howe, Commissioning Editor for Drama and Fiction for BBC Radio 4. Howe has been responsible for commissioning Irons’s readings to date, and was discussing the recordings and their qualities before the Festival audience.

Howe also revealed that he is considering a way in which all of the recordings might then be broadcast in chronological sequence, in a major single broadcast event which would reflect Eliot’s development throughout his poetic career.

Jeremy Irons to Pay Homage to T.S. Eliot at Wilton’s Music Hall

From The London Library

The London Library announced today that Jeremy Irons, Simon Russell Beale, Fiona Shaw, and Ben Whishaw will be taking centre stage in the Library’s special celebration of T.S. Eliot on 21st October 2015.

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Taking place at Wilton’s Music Hall – one of the country’s most atmospheric theatres – the single performance promises to be a unique tribute to one of the world’s best known writers.

Philip Spedding, Development Director at The London Library said, “Jeremy Irons, Simon Russell Beale, Fiona Shaw, and Ben Whishaw are intimately associated with some of the most powerful recent performances of Eliot’s work. We are delighted that they are coming together for what promises to be a memorable tribute to a genuinely great writer”.

The evening of readings is looking to include extracts from a range of T.S. Eliot’s work including The Love Song of J. Alfred PrufrockFour QuartetsThe Waste LandThe Hollow Men and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

With tickets on sale to the public, alongside an invited audience of special guests, all proceeds from the evening at Wilton’s Music Hall will go to support The London Library, a charity which is one of the world’s largest independent lending libraries and will be celebrating its 175th year in 2016.

Tickets for this special fundraising evening are £55 (£45 for London Library members). The performance will take place at 7.30pm on 21st October at Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB. To book, telephone Wilton’s (020 7702 2789) or visit www.wiltons.org.uk.

For further information contact: Julian Lloyd, Head of Communications, The London Library; Julian.lloyd@londonlibrary.co.uk

Jeremy Irons Reads ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T.S. Eliot

Listen to the entire BBC Radio 4 broadcast HERE.

On Tuesday 2 June, BBC Radio 4 aired a programme about T. S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, to celebrate the centenary of the poem’s publication.

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

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

Poetry Week 
with 
Josephine Hart

30 May – 3 June 2011

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 at Josephine Hart’s Poetry Hour

from Londoner’s Diary – Evening Standard

01 October 2009

• JOSEPHINE Hart’s Poetry Hour at the British Library last night featured Dame Eileen Atkins and Jeremy Irons reading T S Eliot’s Four Quartets. Appreciative members of the audience included Hart’s agent Ed Victor, actor Max Irons, former Home Secretary Kenneth Baker and TLS editor Sir Peter Stothard.

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