Four Quartets with Ralph Fiennes to transfer to the West End

Last Updated on 1 July 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

The touring stage adaptation of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets with Ralph Fiennes is coming to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London

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Ralph Fiennes in Four Quartets. Photo: Matt Humphrey

The stage adaptation of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets starring Ralph Fiennes is to transfer into the West End after touring outside of London.

The show, based around four of TS Eliot’s best-known poems, will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 18 November to 18 December 2021, with Fiennes both performing and directing.

It had its world premiere at Theatre Royal Bath in May 2021 before touring to Royal & Derngate in Northampton and Oxford Playhouse. It is now playing at Cambridge Arts Theatre from 28 June to 10 July and will then head to Southampton’s MAST Mayflower Studios from 12 to 17 July, Malvern Theatres from 19 to 24 July and York Theatre Royal from 26 to 31 July.

Four Quartets – comprising Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding – is four interwoven meditations on the nature of time, faith and the quest for spiritual enlightenment. Mostly written during World War Two, the poems contain some of the most exquisite and unforgettable reflections upon surviving periods of national crisis.

The creative team also includes designer Hildegard Bechtler, lighting designer Tim Lutkin, sound designer Christopher Shutt, movement director Fin Walker, assistant director Eva Sampson and creative producer James Dacre.


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