Alex Jennings, Tim Pigott-Smith, Meera Syal, Hattie Morahan and Jamie Parker head an all-star line-up for The Voice & the Echo series at Shakespeare’s Globe this autumn.
The Voice & the Echo is a series of candlelit evenings in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in which work by some of the country’s greatest living poets is read alongside the poems of John Donne, George Herbert, William Blake and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Performed by actors with musical accompaniment, the series is inspired by the practice of contemporary visual artists who create responses to old masterpieces.
New poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke and Nick Drake, and published work by writers like Alice Oswald, Vikram Seth, Helen Dunmore, Craig Raine and many others, will be intermingled with the poetry that influenced them, in a dynamic conversation between old and new.
August 29: Tim Pigott-Smith will read contemporary responses to John Donne, accompanied by Richard Mackenzie on the lute.
September 4: Alex Jennings and Hattie Morahan will read contemporary responses to George Herbert, accompanied by Jacqueline Thomas on the cello.
September 5: Meera Syal will read contemporary responses to William Blake.
September 9: Jamie Parker will read contemporary responses to Gerard Manley Hopkins, accompanied by Gary Ryan on the guitar.
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a candlelit Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe which opened in January 2014.
It hosts concerts and other events throughout the summer, with the main indoor theatre season running October to April.