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Dead Poets Live: Shakespeare - Standing Tickets

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The wildly popular Dead Poets Live return to the Coronet Theatre to celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare.

Featuring Rory Kinnear and Tamsin Greig.


Shakespeare is both the greatest and most underrated poet in the English language. Underrated yet apparently overrated – a word for which Shakespeare has himself to blame. Coleridge scoffed at the thought of measuring Shakespeare against anyone but Shakespeare. Today, the more scholars try to compute his genius, the more laughable it seems. He is so ubiquitous that it is hard to see him for what he was: the devoted last-born child of the Middle Ages, the father of modernity, and yet unparalleled and unsurpassed. His poetry is unavoidable but inimitable, perpetually accessible – another Shakespearean coinage – yet also increasingly rich, almost to the point of obscurity. Still, it continues to beguile – (there’s another) – and bedazzle – (and another). He remains – (one cannot but quote him) – the ‘be-all and the end-all’ of English poetry: at once the enchanter and the ruin of generations of poets and critics.

Drawing on the poems and plays, and in the company of great performers, we hope to persuade you that Shakespeare was much greater than you had even imagined.

More cast to be announced.


Dead Poets Live have established a cult following at The Coronet Theatre for their dramatised readings of classic poetry, attracting some of Britain’s finest actors including Charlotte Rampling, Miranda Richardson and Tom Hiddleston. All proceeds from their evenings go to the charity Safe Passage.

Dead Poets Live is devised and supported by The TS Eliot Foundation


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Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear is an actor who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and has recently enjoyed success in recent films such as Bank of DaveMen and Peterloo, further to roles in Skyfall and Broken, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards. In 2010 Rory played Angelo in Measure For Measure at the Almeida Theatre and later went on to play Hamlet at the National Theatre. The two roles won him the best actor award in the Evening Standard drama awards. He also achieved recognition as the outrageous Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode at the National Theatre, winning a Laurence Olivier Award and Ian Charleson Award. Other notable theatre work includes the parts of Iago, for which he was also received the Evening Stand Best Actor award, and Macbeth, the lead in Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy, Gorky’s Philistines and the role of Mitia in a stage adaptation of the Nikita Mikhalkov film Burnt by the Sun, all for the National Theatre.

Rory has also appeared in numerous television dramas including Loving Miss HattoThe Mystery of Edwin DroodBlack MirrorNational AnthemRichard II, CranfordYears And Years and, most recently, Ridley RoadThe Herd, Rory’s debut play, premiered at the Bush Theatre in 2013 and transferred to Steppenwolf Theatre in the USA in 2015.

Tamsin Greig

Tamsin Greig is an award-winning actor of stage and screen.

Her theatre work includes: Peggy For You (Hampstead Theatre), Talking Heads Live: Nights In The Garden of Spain (Bridge Theatre), A Kind of Alaska/Landscape (Pinter season at Harold Pinter Theatre), Labour of Love (Noel Coward Theatre); Twelfth Night, Gethsemane (National Theatre), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (iHo), Longing (Hampstead Theatre); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre) Jumpy (Royal Court), God of Carnage (Gielgud – Olivier Award for Best New Comedy), The Little Dog Laughed  (West End), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC and Novello – Olivier  & Critics Award  for Best Actress), King John (RSC),  French Without Tears (Palace Theatre, Watford), Bell, Book and Candle (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch), Venom (Drill Hall), Abigail’s Party (Northcott Theatre), Burning HousesNo Flies on Mr Hunter (Chelsea Theatre), Great Expectations (Duke’s Playhouse) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre,), The Return of the Native (Swan, Worcester), Don Carlos (Lyric Studio Hammersmith)  

Film includes: My Happy Ending, Official Secrets, Days of the Bagnold Summer, Tamara Drewe (Nominated BIFA Best Supporting Actress), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Breaking the BankStop the World, Shaun of the Dead, Ready When You Are Mr McGill, Cuckoo, Cheese Makes You Dream, Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth, Pure, Miranda, Glasses Break. 

Television includes: Sexy Beast (Paramount), The Amazing Mr Blunden (Sky Max), Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre/Sky Arts/PBS), Belgravia (Carnival Films); Elementary (Scott Rudin), Diana and I, Inside No.9, Episodes (5 Series- (BAFTA Best Comedy Performance nomination); The Guilty, Episodes, White Heat, Friday Night Dinner (BAFTA Best Comedy Performance nomination) Emma, The Diary of Anne Frank, Love Soup, Green Wing (Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Best Comedy Performance nomination, British Comedy Award nomination for Best Actress), Doctor Who, The Lenny Henry Show, When I’m 64, Black Books (British Comedy Award nomination for Best Actress), Jonathan Creek, Falling Apart, People Like us, Happiness, The World of Pub, High Stakes, Cry Wolf, Tech Heads, Blind Men, Wycliffe, Neverwhere, Kinsey, Blue Heaven and Numero Uno.