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Damian Lewis Joins the Hay Festival 2022 Line-Up

Damian Will Read Poetry at Hay Festival 2022

by Damianista | damian-lewis.com | April 5, 2022

UPDATE May 28, 2022 – Damian is no longer part of the line-up due to conflict in scheduling.

The Hay Festival is coming back as an in-person event for the first time in three years! This is the 35th spring edition of the festival in Hay-on-Wye. They have announced their 2022 spring line-up with more than 500 in-person events and there will be a feast of  talks, music, comedy, lectures, poetry and more from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, June 5.

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A Poet for Every Day of the Year Live Broadcast

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by National Theatre | YouTube | March 3, 2022

Join us to journey through a calendar year in poetry, read by actors on stage at the National Theatre. Allie Esiri and Damian Lewis were joined by friends including Simon Russell Beale, Fay Ripley, Danny Sapani and Lesley Sharp. Chris Riddell live drew the evening. A Poet for Every Day of the Year is dedicated to Helen McCrory, who took part in some of these poetry evenings in previous years.

Signed copies of A Poet for Every Day of the Year are available from the National Theatre Bookshop here. Every purchase supports the work of the National Theatre. This event was performed on the Lyttelton stage, National Theatre, London on Tuesday 25 January 2022.

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A Poet for Every Day of the Year Review

Ode to Helen McCrory Cuts to the Heart of the Matter

by Dominic Maxwell | The Times | January 26, 2022

How would Damian Lewis, making his first stage appearance since the death of his wife Helen McCrory last April, begin an occasion dedicated to her memory? With a no-nonsense nod to the mixture of happiness and sadness of being at an occasional poetry reading event that she had taken part in previously herself? With a poem in her honour, performed to a well-scrubbed crowd (including McCrory’s friend Helena Bonham Carter) who had turned out to see him and Sir Simon Russell Beale, Fay Ripley, Danny Sapani and Lesley Sharp reading from the latest anthology of 366 poems edited by the evening’s organiser and host, Allie Esiri.

In the end, no. Lewis found a way to address the elephant in the room that was both unexpected and oddly fitting to such a charming, varied and resonant evening. He told a story about John Dennis, the 18th-century critic and dramatist who, it turned out, had inadvertently invented the expression “steal my thunder”. “One person whose thunder absolutely would not be stolen was Helen McCrory,” Lewis added, in the building where his late wife had successes in Medea and The Deep Blue Sea. “You could try, but it wouldn’t work.”

That done, he started off the evening of 30 poems with Robert Burns’s Address to a Haggis, his Scottish vowels enabled, he said, by a “little tutorial” from his father-in-law the previous night “after a couple of gins”. Not everything that followed had such a memorable accent to propel it, but almost everything here was pithy and impassioned.

Russell Beale gave his all, yet kept his usual sense of ease, to WH Auden’s O Tell Me The Truth About Love. Sharp was as good imitating Dorothy Parker’s cynical drawl for One Perfect Rose as she was joined by Ripley for a twin delivery of Tennyson’s The Charge of The Light Brigade. Although there were a few more greatest hits of poetry like that, more recent and less-known pieces made as much of an impression. Sapani’s reading of Two Guns in the Sky for Daniel Harris made one want to hear more from its author, Raymond Antrobus.

There was a moving finale when footage of McCrory performing at the event, in 2017, was shown as the final poem. It was a tremendous reminder that poetry cuts to the heart of things as much as it dances round their edge.

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Damian Lewis Reads From ‘A Poet for Every Day of the Year’ In Honor of Helen McCrory

A Poetry Dedication to Commemorate Helen McCrory

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 25, 2022

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022 guests gathered for a live poetry reading dedicated to the late, great Helen McCrory.  Allie Esiri, author of her latest installment A Poet for Every Day of the Year, curated the night’s event at the Lyttelton venue of National Theatre in London. From 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. a variety of readers took to the stage to read verse from the new anthology, including Damian Lewis, Lesley Sharp, Fay Ripley, Simon Russell Beale and Danny Sapani with 900+ audience members in attendance, together with Damian and Helen’s children Manon and Gulliver and family friend Helena Bonham Carter.

Damian introduced the evening as he shared an anecdote about the origins of the expression ‘stealing somebody’s thunder,’ which apparently comes from the failed playwright John Dennis in 1709. Damian remarked that nobody could steal Helen’s thunder on stage:

“This evening is dedicated to her and it’s perfect, because Helen loved the National Theatre. One person whose thunder would absolutely not be stolen was Helen McCrory.”

Helen thought poetry mattered and supported Allie Esiri’s passionate determination to make it a part of our daily lives. Curator and Author Allie Esiri said,

“We dedicated the evening to Helen and Damian said a few words, but we just wanted to get on and do the show. It’s what she would have told us to do – OK, enough already, get on with the show!”

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A Poet for Every Day of the Year at the National Theatre

A Poetry Reading Dedicated to Helen

by Staff | National Theatre | January 16, 2022

Damian, Allie and Helen at A Poem for Every Day of the Year at the National Theatre in November 2018. Allie organized the event and Helen was one of the readers.

Following the success of previous poetry reading evenings at the National Theatre, Allie Esiri is back on January 25, 2022 for a fifth year with a show based on her latest anthology; A Poet for Every Day of the Year. We will journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with poetry from some of the world’s greatest verse writers, read by some of our leading actors. This event is dedicated to Helen McCrory, who took part in some of these poetry evenings in previous years. Allie Esiri and Damian Lewis will be joined onstage by friends including Simon Russell Beale, Fay Ripley and Lesley Sharp.

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Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory’s Love Poetry Performance Rediscovered

Cheltenham Literature Festival Revisited

by Andrew Holgate | The Sunday Times | October 9, 2021

There have been some great Cheltenham Literature Festival moments over the years – Hilary Clinton in 2017, looking back on her presidential defeat the year before; a 92-year-old David Attenborough charming the audience in 2018. But surely one of the most electric hours in the festival’s history came in 2014, with the appearance on stage of the married couple Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory.

Here consists of a recording that was thought to have been lost, an electric performance at the 2014 Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival – one of the most memorable in the festival’s history – by Damian and Helen of love poems from the poetry collection The Love Book edited by Allie Esiri.

Earlier this summer, Damian rediscovered a recording of the event, which he offers here now to listeners as a tribute to his wife. To hear the recording in full, click here.

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Letters Live and The Shows Must Go On Series to Stream Readings – March 3, 2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day

by Alex Wood | Whats On Stage | March 3, 2021

Damian reading at a Letters Live performance in 2018 Source: Twitter @berryfruitful

The Shows Must Go On series will return from Monday to present a variety of streamed performances.

From 8 March, the channel will work with Letters Live to present a series of readings on its YouTube channel for seven days, free of charge. All donations will be going to The WOW Foundation, which runs the global movement that is WOW – Women of the World Festivals. Continue reading Letters Live and The Shows Must Go On Series to Stream Readings – March 3, 2021

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Full Episode of Damian Hosting ‘Have I Got News For You’ – Oct 2, 2020

Series 60, Episode 1

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 2, 2020

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Damian Returns to Host ‘Have I Got News For You’ – Sept 22, 2020

Seventh Time at the Helm

by Emma Kelly | Metro | September 22, 2020

Have I Got News For You is returning to its studio for its 60th series.

Series 59 of the long-running panel show was filmed virtually, from the panellists’ respective homes during lockdown.

However, the upcoming series, which will mark the show’s 30th anniversary, will be back in the studio, and hopefully with the reintroduction of a studio audience.

The audience at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith will be socially distanced and at a reduced capacity, while there are plans to have a second socially distanced audience watching the record from a separate screening room, with this audience’s live reactions being used to recreate the impact of a full audience.

While the audience is reduced, though, there has been no scrimping on the star power.

The first episode of the 60th series will be hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis, who is returning for his seventh time at the helm.

Comedian Josh Widdicombe and journalist Katy Balls will be joining regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop as guest panellists, as the show marks three decades since Have I Got News For You’s launch on the BBC in 1990.

According to BBC 1 website here, episode one of the 60th series will air Friday, October 2, 2020 at 21:00 p.m.

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Damian and Helen Attend Chanel’s Pre-BAFTA Party – Feb 1, 2020

The Velvet Touch

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 1, 2020

Damian and Helen arrive in style at the glamorous Charles Finch and Chanel pre-Bafta party at 5 Hertford Street on February 1, 2020 in Mayfair, London ahead of the British Academy Film Awards extravaganza on Sunday night. The annual 73rd EE British Academy Film Awards is the UK’s most prestigious awards ceremony, with Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood securing ten nominations, including Best Film and Best Casting. Let’s hope Damian and Helen are among the list of attendees at tomorrow’s event.

At the EE British Academy Film Awards Dinner and After Party on Sunday February 2, 2020 at The Great Room and Ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, Damian and Helen were among 100 stars who signed Sandy Powell’s cream calico suit she wore to the 2020 Critics’ Circle to help raise funds to save the Prospect Cottage, the home and garden of visionary British filmmaker, artist and activist Derek Jarman.

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2019 – Nov 24, 2019

Damian and Helen Honor Stage Stars

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 24, 2019

The 65th annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards took place this evening, November 24, 2019, at the London Coliseum to honor another year of brilliant performances of stage stars.

This year’s star-studded ceremony was presented by Cush Jumbo and co-hosted by Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev and American Vogue editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour, alongside Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory. The awards were held in association with Michael Kors. Other stars including Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Lashana Lynch, Taron Egerton, Glenda Jackson and Naomi Scott were there to hand out awards.

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