Allie Esiri with Annette Badland, Hugh Ross & Beatie Edney

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal
£12 (£11)
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Allie Esiri’s latest anthology, A Poem for Every Day of the Year, brings together 366 poems to share and enjoy throughout the year. Join Allie and actors Annette BadlandHugh Ross and Beatie Edney for a highly entertaining hour. They will perform their favourite poems from the book, including Wordsworth, WH Auden, Lewis Carroll, Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson.


Annette Badland is an award winning actress, nominated for an Olivier for Sadie in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. She is known for her roles in Eastenders, Dr Who, Outlander, Bergerac and Cutting It. Theatre work includes Sir Peter Hall’s Company, RSC, National Theatre, Royal Court, Cheek by Jowl and The Almeida also The Royal Exchange, Manchester where she won critical acclaim as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Films include: The Man Who Invented Christmas, Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Twenty Four Seven, Jabberwocky and Little Voice. On Radio 4 she plays horrid Hazel in The Archers! Last at The Bath Lit. Fest. in 2015 performing her Bad Babes (of literature), and it’s great to be back!

Actor Hugh Ross has had a long and distinguished career in theatre, film, radio and television. TV credits include The Team with Lars Mikkelsen, An Honourable Woman, Poirot, Absolutely Fabulous, Midsomer Murders, The Palace, and notably as Major Mungo Munro in Sharpe’s Gold, Sharpe’s Battle and Sharpe’s Sword. He has just completed a new drama-documentary for Channel 4, Offender in the Family.

Hugh’s films include Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, Patriot Games (with Harrison Ford), Trainspotting, Charlotte Gray (with Cate Blanchett), Before You Go (with Tom Wilkinson and Julie Walters), The Four Feathers (with Heath Ledger), and most recently The Iron Lady and Sunset Song. Recent theatre productions include Twelfth Night for English Touring Theatre, Macbeth with James McAvoy, Hamlet with John Simm, 5/11 at Chichester, Pyrenees for Paine’s Plough at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Pinter’s The New World Order at the Brighton Festival, and Waste at the Almeida Theatre.

Hugh broadcasts frequently for BBC Radio 4, has recorded many audio books, and is a regular contributor to the cult label Big Finish. His production company, The Other Cheek, in association with Cahoots Theatre Company, presented a revival of J.B. Priestley’s The Roundabout at the Park Theatre, London, to great acclaim. Last spring, this transferred to New York, where it was the New York Times Critics’ Pick at 59E59th Street. Hugh has recently directed the new West End production of The Mousetrap at the St. Martin’s Theatre.

Beatie Edney will shortly be on screen again as the much-loved character Prudie, in the 4th series of BBC’s POLDARK.

She first rose to prominence playing Heather MacLeod in HIGHLANDER and has since appeared in over 40 film and television productions – credits include the films A HANDFUL OF DUST, MISTER JOHNSON, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER and WILDFLOWERS. On TV she has played lead roles in productions including LOST EMPIRES, THE DARK ANGEL, DRESSING FOR BREAKFAST, Kenneth Williams: FANTABULOSA!, and most recently as JUDITH in the popular BBC1 show THE CORONER. She has guested in INSPECTOR MORSE, LEWIS,  POIROT, LAW AND ORDER UK and WALLANDER amongst others.

Beatie has also worked extensively in theatre, starting with the original production of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES for the RSC i(n the West End and on Broadway).  Most recently she played Queen Victoria for the RSC in THE EMPRESS. She has performed in the hit West End plays THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III as Queen Charlotte, in DEAD FUNNY as Lisa,  in TANGO AT THE END OF WINTER as Misuo and in SUMMER BEGINS as Gina. She played Susie in Alecky Blythe’s THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE at the Royal Court and the Young Vic.