Just Announced: Juliet Stevenson to read ‘Little Gidding’; Final tickets available

Just Announced: Juliet Stevenson to read ‘Little Gidding’; Final tickets available

20th November 2019

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The Faber Members seats at this event are now fully booked. You can purchase tickets through the CLS here – https://cityoflondonsinfonia.co.uk/whats-on/2525/in-place-and-time-britten-and-ts-eliot/

In Place and Time: Benjamin Britten and T. S. Eliot
Southwark Cathedral
20 November
7.30 p.m.

Just announced: Acclaimed actor Alex Jennings will read Ash-Wednesday

A special evening of words and music in the beautiful setting of Southwark Cathedral, to celebrate the work of two of the great artists of the twentieth century: Benjamin Britten and T. S. Eliot. The event represents a unique collaboration between the City of London Sinfonia and Faber & Faber, marking the ninetieth anniversary of the publisher with whom both Britten and Eliot were profoundly linked.

T. S. Eliot moved to England in 1914, publishing his first book of poems three years later, then joining the nascent Faber and Gwyer as a director in 1925. Ash-Wednesday was written after his conversion to Anglicanism in 1927, while Four Quartets, first published in the UK by Faber in 1944, is widely considered to be his crowning achievement. Faber became an established publisher of books about music in the early 1960s, under the editorship of the writer and musicologist Donald Mitchell. After Britten wrote in a letter to Mitchell, ‘I occasionally dream of Faber & Faber – music publishers!’, Mitchell approached the Chairman, Richard de la Mare, who consulted Eliot and responded, ‘I have no idea how this can be done, but clearly we have to do it.’ Faber Music came into being in 1965, with Britten as its first composer.

The evening’s programme interweaves some of the finest verses and most remarkable music of these two great twentieth-century artists: readings of Eliot’s Ash-Wednesday and ‘Little Gidding’, and Britten’s setting of Eliot’s ‘The Death of Saint Narcissus’, his Serenade for tenor, horn and strings and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.


Alex Jennings trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School after graduating from the University of Warwick.

His stage work includes, for the National: HansardCocktail SticksHymnCollaborators, The Habit of ArtPresent LaughterStuff HappensHis Girl FridayThe Winter’s Tale, The Relapse (for these last two performances he won the Evening Standard Drama Award, Best Actor); Albert Speer, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (Olivier Award, Best Actor in a Musical). In the West End, he has performed in Too Clever by Half (Olivier Award, Best Comedy Performance; London Theatre Critics’ Award, Best Actor), The LiarThe Wild DuckThe Importance of Being Earnest, and as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For the RSC his roles include Richard II, Oberon, Benedick, Peer Gynt (Olivier Award, Best Actor) and Hamlet (including a tour to the US: Helen Hayes Award, Best Actor). For the English National Opera he played Voltaire and Doctor Pangloss in Candide. He played Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Théatre du Chatelet in Paris, and at the Sydney Opera House in the sixtieth anniversary production directed by Dame Julie Andrews. In 2019 he played Signor Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall and Lyric Opera, Chicago), opposite Renée Fleming.

Alex’s TV work includes Small AxeGold DiggerFour Weddings and a Funeral, Unforgotten (BAFTA Award nomination), A Very English Scandal, The Crown (as the Duke of Windsor), Victoria, The Halcyon, Lucky Man, Churchill’s SecretFoyle’s War, Silk, Lewis, Whitechapel, Marple, Hancock and Joan, Cranford, The State Within, Spooks, Riot at the Rite, Poirot, Bad Blood, Ashenden, Hard Times, Inspector Morse and Smiley’s People.

His film appearances include DenialThe Lady in the VanBelleBabelThe QueenThe Four FeathersThe Wings of the DoveA Midsummer Night’s Dream and War Requiem.


Juliet Stevenson trained at RADA and has been nominated for many Olivier and BAFTA awards.

Juliet’s stage work includes: The Doctor (Almeida);  Mary Stuart (Almeida and West End); Hamlet (Almeida and West End); Wings (Young Vic); Happy Days (Young Vic); Duet For One (Almeida and West End); The Heretic (Royal Court); A Little Night Music (Lincoln Centre, NY); Beckett Shorts (RSC Stratford/Europe); Les Liaisons DangereusesAs You Like ItTroilus and CressidaMeasure For MeasureA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Witch of EdmontonMoney (RSC Stratford/Barbican); Henry IV, Parts I & II (RSC Stratford Tour); Once In A LifetimeThe White Guard (RSC Aldwych); HippolytusAntony & CleopatraThe Churchill PlayThe Taming of the ShrewThe Tempest (RSC Stratford); Alice TrilogyThe CountryOther Worlds (Royal Court); The SeagullPrivate LivesHedda GablerYerma (National Theatre); We Happy Few (Gielgud Theatre); Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre / Complicité); The Duchess of Malfi (Greenwich/West End); Scenes from an Execution (Mark Taper Forum, LA); Death and the Maiden (Royal Court/West End); Burn This (Hampstead/West End); On the Verge (Sadler’s Wells); The Trackers of Oxyrhynchtus (National Theatre Studio).

Juliet’s television work includes: Riviera (Season 2, Sky);  Atlantis;  One of Us;  The Village;  The Enfield Haunting;  The Accused The Hour;  White HeatDustbin BabyPlace of ExecutionHear the SilenceThe PactTrial by FireCider with RosieStone, Scissors, PaperThe Politician’s WifeOut of LoveStanleyA Doll’s HouseLife StoryAntigoneFreudBazaar and RummageThe MallensMayburyGreat Journeys: Isabelle EberhardtOedipus At Colonus.

Film work includes: Let Me Go; Love is Thicker than Water;  Departure;  Diana;  Desert FlowerThe Secret of MoonacreAnd When Did You Last See Your Father?Breaking and EnteringPierrepointThe Snow QueenA Previous EngagementEvery Word is True; Red MercuryBeing JuliaMona Lisa SmileNicholas NicklebyFood of LoveBend It Like BeckhamThe Search for John GissingThe Road From CoorainPlay (Samuel Beckett); EmmaThe Secret RaptureWho Dealt?The TrialTruly, Madly, DeeplyDrowning by Numbers.

For final tickets visit: https://cityoflondonsinfonia.co.uk/whats-on/2525/in-place-and-time-britten-and-ts-eliot/