Dead Poets Live I Nonsense: A Youthful Person’s Guide to Poetry

1 April, 7.30 pm

Cast to be announced

With their dramatised readings of classic poetry attracting some of our leading actors (such as Charlotte RamplingMiranda Richardson, Patrick Kennedy, and Tom Hiddleston), Dead Poets Live has established a loyal following for their memorable events.

On April Fool’s Day they return to Print Room at the Coronet with a show for the young and the young-at-heart, and for anyone who claims not to understand poetry: a brief history of Nonsense. A history, in fact, as old as poetry, inseparable from our earliest attempts at sense and our instinctive delight in the sounds we make. There is no poetry purer than Nonsense – except that it’s nonsense – and to try to make sense of Nonsense is in a sense to introduce all poetry.

With poems, jokes and skits – and the help of wonderful performers – the evening will guide us from the Troubadours to the Surrealists and beyond, with interludes along the way, wherever the threshold of nonsense is crossed, whether it be in the 17-century Inns of Courts, the works of Shakespeare, Swift, or Pope, the treasury of anonymous lyrics and Nursery Rhymes or those twin Victorian peaks, Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.

Children who are beginning to feel poetry is not for them and adults who have entirely given up are strongly encouraged to bring each other.



Ticket prices

Front stalls £30 | £25 concession *
Rear stalls £25 | £20 concession *

£15 for under 30s (front & rear stalls)

* Concessions are available for those in full-time education, in receipt of benefits, or aged 65+

Additional information

Venue: Main auditorium

Suitable for ages 9+

Running time: tbc





Devised and supported by T.S Eliot Foundation.                                      

The proceeds go to the refugee charity Safe Passage, which supports the most vulnerable unaccompanied minors to reach safety in the UK.

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