Stars Line Up for Poetry Week at West End's Arts Theatre, Including Derek Jacobi, Eddie Redmayne and Rosamund Pike
By Mark Shenton
The new Michael Grandage Company, a West End producing company that will launch its first full season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre in December, is to kick off before that with an all-star line-up that includes Derek Jacobi, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic West, Felicity Jones, Deborah Findlay and Samuel West reading work from some of the world's greatest poets.
Presented under the umbrella title The Josephine Hart Poetry Week, the season will run Oct. 8-12 at the West End's Arts Theatre, directed by Grandage and with each evening introduced and hosted by a leading figure in the arts world - Melvyn Bragg, David Hare, Richard Eyre, Alan Yentob and Tom Stoppard reading from the late Hart's writing on the poets.
The evenings will center on the works of T.S. Eliot (Oct. 8), Auden (Oct. 9), the World War I Poets (Oct. 10), Larkin (Oct. 11) and the American Poets (Oct. 12).
In a press statement, Grandage commented, "I'm thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation. It's wonderful to continue Josephine's legacy to hear the work of these great poets in such distinguished company. The week of poetry at the Arts Theatre will be presented with all tickets at £10 continuing our commitment to make work of the highest quality accessible to everyone."
The season continues the collaboration between Grandage, his executive producer James Bierman and The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation, which began when they programmed two seasons of Hart's poetry whilst artistic director and executive producer, respectively, at the Donmar Warehouse.
Hart, who died last year, wrote "Damage" (subsequently made into a film that starred Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche), "Sin," "Oblivion," "The Stillest Day," "The Reconstructionist" and "The Truth About Love," as well as two poetry collections, "Catching Life by the Throat" and "Words That Burn." She was the first female director of Haymarket Publishing and founder of The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour that was presented at the British Library, National Theatre, The New York Public Library, The American Embassy, The Irish Embassy, and Harvard and London Universities.
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