Jeremy Irons Attends CHICKENSHED Fundraiser

Jeremy Irons attended the Chickenshed Rocks the Hard Rock Cafe Fundraiser in aid of the children’s theatre company at the Hard Rock Cafe, 150 Park Lane, London on the 1st February 2017.

Jeremy Irons Attends Gala for Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic

Jeremy Irons was in attendance at The Old Vic, on Sunday 19 April 2015, for a Gala Tribute to Kevin Spacey.

Sinead Cusack and her sister Niamh Cusack were both performers, during the Gala.

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Jeremy Irons Attends ‘Other Desert Cities’ Press Night

Jeremy Irons was in attendance for the Press Night of Other Desert Cities, currently at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack attend an after party celebrating the press night performance at Skylon Grill on March 24, 2014 in London, England.

(Photos by David M. Benett/Getty Images and  Photos by Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage)

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Jeremy Irons Attends Chickenshed Theatre Annual Gala

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack attended the Chickenshed Theatre UK Annual Gala at Guildhall in London on Wednesday 16 October 2013.

Jeremy was this year’s Guest of Honour.

Learn more about Chickenshed HERE.

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Jeremy Irons Talks about “Shakespeare Uncovered” on PBS

Shakespeare Uncovered premieres on PBS stations on January 25, 2013.

Learn more HERE.

In a unique series of six films, Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant — to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

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 ÂŁ7bn 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

Prince’s Trust Gala for Children and the Arts

Scroll down for photos and the text of what Jeremy read at the event…

Actor Jeremy Irons attended a royal charity gala dinner on Tuesday evening (01Feb11) as part of a campaign to encourage children to take an interest in the arts.

The Oscar winner is a supporter of The Prince’s Trust Foundation for Children and the Arts, which aims to give youths more opportunity to develop life skills by participating in poetry, painting and music. And Irons will be mixing with royalty at a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace to raise awareness of the cause.

Irons tells Britain’s The One Show, “We’re having an evening celebrating a charity of the Prince of Wales, a children and the arts charity which encourages and gives opportunity to children who are – either because of geographical… or because of financial reasons – they don’t have any access during their education to do anything artistic. Whether it be painting or theater or poetry or whatever…I was very lucky, I was at school and we had art classes, we had poetry classes, we had music classes, I learnt to do all those things naturally… What this charity does is to bring together local arts organizations and local schools and allow children to learn to paint, to write poetry, to stand on stage and be in a play… I’ve always argued that arts are terribly important for education and we’re foolish to cut them… you’re training them for life.”

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Wizard preview for royal couple

(UKPA) – 2 February 2011

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been given a preview of new West End musical The Wizard of Oz.

Star of the show Danielle Hope, who landed the role of Dorothy after winning a BBC talent contest last year, sang Somewhere Over The Rainbow for the Prince and the Duchess.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical starts preview shows at the London Palladium next week.

Hope, who performed for the royal couple at a gala for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts on Tuesday night, said: “It was just magical to perform tonight, it was like the preview of the preview.

“I am really excited about the start of the show.”

The gala dinner, which was held at Buckingham Palace, was attended by supporters of the charity which helps disadvantaged children in the UK to gain access to the arts.

Charles and Camilla also heard a reading by comedian Rowan Atkinson.

Atkinson, who recited Roald Dahl’s “witty and wicked” critique of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, said: “Going to the theatre is a communal experience rather than the singular experience you get on a computer. Self serving content is good but you do not get to share the joy that you do in a theatre.”

Other performers at the black-tie event, which was held in the ballroom of the Palace, included tenor Alfie Boe and actor Jeremy Irons who read Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 128” and DH Lawrence’s “Piano”.

After the performance, Charles met the performers including Alex Jennings – famed for his role as the Prince of Wales in the 2006 drama The Queen. The Prince, who is the foundation’s president, told those gathered for the gala that the charity did an excellent job to encourage young people to experience the arts.

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SONNET 128 – William Shakespeare

How oft, when thou, my music, music play’st,
Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds
With thy sweet fingers, when thou gently sway’st
The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap
To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
Whilst my poor lips, which should that harvest reap,
At the wood’s boldness by thee blushing stand!
To be so tickled, they would change their state
And situation with those dancing chips,
O’er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
Making dead wood more blest than living lips.
Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.

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PIANO

By D.H. Lawrence

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.

1918

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