Take 15 poets, 2 actors, 1 lutist and shake…


Much like a modern artist’s response to a classical masterpiece, a range of critically-acclaimed contemporary poets have been inspired by some of England’s most beloved wordsmiths, before responding with new and celebrated works of their own. Actors and musicians will bring both the traditional canon and the contemporary replies to life.

Following the success of last year’s Winter’s Tales, in which actors read aloud stirring short stories under the glorious candlelight of the Playhouse, this series brings a melting pot of classic and contemporary poetry to the stage in what is bound to be a memorable and evocative evening.

Saturday 29 August, 8.00pm

John Donne: The Voice and the Echo

Tim Pigott-Smith
Miranda Raison
Richard MacKenzie (lute)

With new poems and existing poems by Simone Belcampo, Will Burns, Nick Drake, Paul Farley, John Greening, Alan Jenkins, Zaffar Kunial, Glyn Maxwell, Anne Michaels, Abegail Morley, Paul Muldoon, Sean O’Brien, Peter Oswald, Craig Raine and Jack Underwood.