News: Ralph Fiennes creates new stage adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

March 17, 2021
News: Ralph Fiennes creates new stage adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

Stage and screen star Ralph Fiennes is to create a world premiere stage adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

Set to welcome audiences back to live theatre in Bath from 25 May to 5 June, it will then transfer to Northampton from 8 to 12 June, followed by a stint at Oxford Playhouse 14 to 26 June and Cambridge Arts Theatre from 28 June to 10 July.

A compelling, moving and symphonic, Four Quartets offers four interwoven meditations on the nature of time, faith, and the quest for spiritual enlightenment.

Mostly written before WWII when the closure of playhouses during the Blitz interrupted Eliot’s work in theatre, the Four Quartets (Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvagesand Little Gidding), contain some of the most exquisite and unforgettable reflections upon surviving periods of national crisis.

Ralph Fiennes is a Tony Award-winning actor, with credits including Hamlet, Antony and CleopatraRichard III and The Master Builder. His numerous film roles include a BAFTA award winning performance in Schindler’s List; The English Patient; The Grand Budapest Hotel; The Constant Gardner; Skyfall; In Bruges; The Dig and the Harry Potter series.

Four Quartets is directed by Fiennes, with design by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Tim Lutkin, sound by Christopher Shutt, assistant direction from Eva Sampson and movement director by Fin Walker.

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