Ralph Fiennes' new stage adaption of T.S Eliot's Four Quartets to tour at Royal & Derngate in Northampton

Tickets will be available to buy from the box office on March 29.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 9:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 9:16 pm
Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of T.S Eliot's Four Quartets is coming to Royal & Derngate this summer.
Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of T.S Eliot's Four Quartets is coming to Royal & Derngate this summer.

The Royal & Derngate theatre has announced that Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of T.S Eliot's Four Quartets will be touring in Northampton in June.

This announcement comes as Britain marks one year since regional theatres were forced to close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This world premiere production will welcome local residents back to live theatre as it launches Royal & Derngate's 'Made in Northampton' season in the venue's Royal auditorium from June 8 - 12 in a co-production with Bath Theatre Royal.

The production will additionally tour to Bath, Oxford and Cambridge with further regional touring dates to be announced.

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Nobel Prize winner T.S. Eliot is one of the giants of modern literature. Compelling, moving and symphonic, Four Quartets was the culminating achievement of his career as a poet, offering 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 Salvages and Little Gidding) contain some of the most exquisite and unforgettable reflections upon surviving periods of national crisis.

Ralph Fiennes’ distinguished stage work is matched by his performances in some of the greatest films of our time including Schindler's List, The English Patient, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Constant Gardner, Skyfall, In Bruges, The Dig and The Harry Potter series.

He has worked extensively in theatre, winning a Tony Award for playing Hamlet; recent credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III and The Mater Builder.

Four Quartets is directed by Ralph Fiennes and he will be joined by designer, Hildegard Bechtler - who won an Olivier Award for After the Dance at the National Theatre - Tim Lutkin (Lighting) - winner of an Olivier Award for Chimerica - and Christopher Shutt (Sound), winner of a Tony Award for War Horse. The Assistant Director is Eva Sampson and the Movement Director is Fin Walker.

Tickets for the performances at Royal & Derngate go on general sale from March 29 with priority sales for members from March 26.