Dead Poets Live

24 April


In Association with The Print Room
Supported by the T. S. Eliot Foundation

Dead Poets Live

An Evening with Robert Frost and Edward Thomas

The Print Room is delighted to welcome you to the first in a new series of poetry evenings: Dead Poets Live.

In the course of an hour, led almost entirely by Frost and Thomas’s letters and poems, and brought to life by actors and contemporary poets, the evening will trace their brief but brilliant friendship.

They met in 1913, an encounter pivotal in the life and work of both men. Championed by Thomas, Frost gained literary recognition, with poems such as ‘Home Burial’, ‘Mending Wall’ and ‘The Road Not Taken’, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry four times. Without Frost, Thomas may never have taken to verse, the medium in which he finally found artistic fulfillment, and with it unexpected happiness, cut short on the Western Front, where Thomas was killed in action on Easter Monday 1917.

Reading the part of Robert Frost will be Shaun Dooley, who played Frost in Richard Eyre’s The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, staged at the Almeida in 2012, since when he has made memorable appearances in The White Queen, Broadchurch and Cuffs, among other stage and screen projects.

Dead Poets Live is devised and supported by the T. S. Eliot Foundation, a charity dedicated to literacy and the promotion of poetry. Proceeds from the evening will go to Safe Passage.

‘Safe Passage works to ensure every person fleeing persecution can access a safe and legal route to a place where they can live a full and dignified life. We’re extremely grateful for the support of Dead Poets Live, every inch of which will go to supporting the most vulnerable unaccompanied minors to reach safety.’

Tickets include a complementary glass of wine.


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