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Carol Ann Duffy & John Sampson

Spoken Word & Talks
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Welcome to the Third Stage…the home for our range of more informal spoken word and music events in the surroundings of the Theatre Royal’s Dress Circle Foyer. The bar will be open so take your seat, relax and enjoy.

With a collaboration going back over 13 years, Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson, the Poet Laureate and her favourite court musician, bring an hour of light and shade, laughter and reflection to the Theatre Royal’s Third Stage.

Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections, including The World’s Wife and The Bees and other works. Lucid, honest and accessible, her writing explores both everyday experience and our inner worlds in deceptively simple, profoundly resonant poems. Alongside the words, John Sampson takes us on a virtuoso tour through musical highlights of the past 500 years played on a fascinating collection of period and modern instruments.

“Carol Ann Duffy has a disarming ability to hold an audience with her calm and controlled tone. It is a wonderful thing to hear poems from the voice of the poet herself and equally beautiful to hear them with music” – Aisling McGuire,

This performance will last approximately one hour, followed by a book signing.