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The Coronet Bar at The Coronet Theatre

Dead Poets Live: The Dead

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

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

For Christmas, they make a departure from poetry with James Joyce’s The Dead, the final story from his 1914 collection Dubliners featuring Patrick Kennedy and Annabel Mullion.

Set on a snowy night in Dublin, it tells the story of lost love, a dead man, and how the past shadows, ultimately, may redeem the present.

Funny, universal, and profoundly moving, The Dead is generally regarded as the greatest short story in the language. Dead Poets Live’s version – a staged reading which turns into a play – is perfectly suited to the intimate setting of the Coronet.


Besides starring roles in Warhorse, Atonement, Mr Holmes, and, most recently, PeterlooPatrick Kennedy‘s film credits include London Has Fallen, November ManThe Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview;Neanderthal Container; OurhousePirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger TidesThe Last StationMe and Orson WellesIn TransitA Good YearMrs Henderson PresentsMunichThe Tulse Luper Suitcases; Nine Lives.

His most recent appearances on stage were in Pinter’s The Lover and The Collection at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, Oil at the Almeida and as Don Caspar in Photograph 51, opposite Nicole Kidman. Other theatre includes No QuarterThe Glass MenagerieTherese RaquinEverything Is IlluminatedSuddenly Last Summer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Les Liasons Dangereuses. Previous to his recent roles in Mrs Wilson and The First, television work includes The CollectionChurchill’s Secret; The MoneyDownton AbbeyBoardwalk EmpirePeep Show; Parade’s EndBlack Mirror:  The National Anthem;Consuming Passions; Einstein and Eddington; The 39 StepsCambridge Spies and Bleak House.


Annabel Mullion’s film credits include Mission ImpossibleCarringtonMother’s Milk and, most recently, Juliet, Naked. On stage she was recently part of West-End transfers for The White Carnation and Trevor Nunn’s revival of Love in Idleness. Other work includes the role of Sheila in Stephen Daldry’s acclaimed An Inspector CallsCoyote Ugly and The Rivals. Among here television credits are Dance to the Music of TimeEmmaWallanderVictoriaPatrick Melrose and Women on the Verge. She is also the winner of the Carlton Hobbs Radio Award.

The Coronet Bar at The Coronet Theatre

Additional Information

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.