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Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year – Live!

Open Air Theatre

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 20, 2024

Allie Esiri and Regents Park Open Air Theatre present Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year – Live! on Monday July 8, 2024 at 7:45 p.m. in the main auditorium. Tickets start at £25.

Allie Esiri will be joined by Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Chahidi, Derek Jacobi, Damian Lewis, Stephen Mangan, Tracy Ann Oberman, Tony Robinson, Danny Sapani, Samantha Spiro, Luke Thompson, Indira Varma, Samuel West, Olivia Williams and Susan Wokoma for a hugely entertaining evening based on her anthology: Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year.

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Damian Lewis Recited Poem at Invictus Ceremony

Invictus Games 10th Anniversary Service

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 8, 2024

The Invictus Games Foundation celebrated 10 years of changing lives and saving lives with a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ at St Paul’s Cathedral today, May 8, 2024 in London. Damian recited the Invictus poem during the service and was joined by Patron, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and members of the worldwide Invictus Community to mark the occasion. The original author of the poem is William Henley, who’s memorial bust is on display within the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral. This marks a decade since the inaugural Invictus Games London in 2014, founded as a sporting event for injured and sick military personnel and veterans. Damian’s older brother William Russell, former Lord Mayor of London and William’s wife Hilary joined Damian for the event. View more photos and videos from the event in our Gallery here.

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Damian Lewis To Recite Invictus Poem

Invictus Games 10th Anniversary

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 28, 2024

The Invictus Games Foundation will celebrate 10 years of changing lives and saving lives with a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 8, 2024. Damian is set to recite the Invictus poem during the service and will be joined by Patron, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and members of the worldwide Invictus Community to mark the occasion. The original author of the poem is William Henley, who’s memorial bust is on display within the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral. This marks a decade since the inaugural Invictus Games London in 2014, founded as a sporting event for injured and sick military personnel and veterans.

For more information, visit The Invictus Games Foundation here.

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Damian Lewis Recites Poetry at U.S. Embassy London Event

The Poetry Hour: The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 24, 2024

Photo Cred: Joanne Davidson

It truly was the art of diplomacy last night. Damian was one of several readers who recited selected poems at the American Ambassadors Residence in London on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.  The intimate evening titled The Poetry Hour, is an ongoing project that is part of The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation.  Other readers included Elizabeth McGovern and Charles Dance.

Poems from Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, TS Eliot, Robert Frost and Robert Lowell were selected for Tuesday’s reading. Guests of the evening included Gloria Obianyo, Parth Thakerar, Alison Mosshart and more. The event was led by director Dr. Mary Wellesley and sponsored by US Ambassador to the UK, Jane Hartley. View more photos from the event in our Gallery here.

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Listen to Damian Lewis Recite Shakespeare on Spotify

Shakespeare For Every Day of the Year

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 15, 2024

Want to listen to Damian narrate Shakespeare right into your earbuds? You can now listen to Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year on both UK and US Spotify. Allie Esiri’s beautiful book features a perfect piece of topical Shakespeare for every day of the year, whether it be a sonnet, soliloquy, extract from a narrative poem or play, or a quote. Full cast of narrators are: Allie Esiri, Ben Allen, Damian Lewis, Hattie Morahan, Helen McCrory, Jade Anouka, Jot Davies, Paapa Essiedu and Sir Simon Russell Beale. Enjoy!

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Helena Bonham Carter and Damian Lewis Mark National Poetry Day With Allie Esiri’s New Anthology

365 Poems for Life: An Uplifting Collection For Every Day of the Year

by Katie Fraser | The Bookseller | October 5, 2023

Bluebird Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, will launch Allie Esiri’s 365 Poems for Life: An Uplifting Collection For Every Day of the Year, Esiri’s first anthology of poetry for adults, with readings from actors Helena Bonham Carter and Damian Lewis.

Publication on 5th October, National Poetry Day, will be supported with readings of Matthew Hollis’ “The Blackbird of Spitalfields”, Emily Dickinson’s “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” and Danusha Laméris’ “Small Kindnesses” by actors Bonham Carter and Lewis.

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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

National Theatre Talks

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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