Faber Members is thrilled to present an unmissable evening with Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons as he performs a special reading of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets in the beautifully atmospheric Southwark Cathedral.
The event will be celebrating the release of The Poems of T. S. Eliot read by Jeremy Irons. Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4, this perceptive reading by Jeremy Irons illuminates the poetry of T. S. Eliot in all its complexity.
Four Quartets, originally published in 1943, contains some of the most musical and unforgettable passages in twentieth-century poetry. Its four parts, ‘Burnt Norton’, ‘East Coker’, ‘The Dry Salvages’ and ‘Little Gidding’, present a rigorous meditation on the spiritual, philosophical and personal themes which preoccupied T. S. Eliot.
Jeremy Irons won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. He is also a Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, and Screen Actors Guild award winner, as well as the recipient of an Honorary César Award. Other film highlights include The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Mission, Dead Ringers, Damage, M. Butterfly and Lolita.
Southwark Cathedral is the oldest Gothic church in London, the main structure of which was built between 1220 and 1420. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, the building has a grand cultural presence, hosting music recitals, concerts, heritage talks and annual honorary degree ceremonies for universities. Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, who is buried in Southwark Cathedral, was described by T. S. Eliot as ‘the first great preacher of the English Catholic Church’ and inspired Eliot’s poem ‘The Journey of the Magi’.
Duration: 70 minutes
The Poems of T. S. Eliot Read by Jeremy Irons will be available on CD and download. There will be cash bar at the event and CDs will be on sale.
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA. Please note that seats will not be allocated and that there will be a restricted view in places.
Update 29/03/2018: Please note that this event is now sold out.