Readings from the Rose

15 April 2020


As a means of bringing joy and creativity into homes during these uncertain times, the Rose has launched the ‘Readings from the Rose’ initiative.

Several prominent actors and creatives in the industry have filmed themselves reading their favourite poems and the Rose will be releasing one reading every day at 1pm across 14 days.

These readings can be accessed by anyone completely free of charge on the Rose’s YouTube and Instagram channels, in the hope that they will bring some light entertainment to audiences while theatres are dark.

Christopher Haydon, Artistic Director at the Rose said:

I am thrilled about the launch of ‘Readings from the Rose’. We have a wealth of talent lined up and I am so excited for audiences to enjoy these readings. I want to thank all those who filmed themselves for contributing to the initiative and providing a good news story in amongst all this uncertainty.”

Those currently reading for the Rose include: Adjoa Andoh, Angellica Bell, Anjana Vasan, Anton Lesser, Arthur Darvill, Christopher Eccleston, Hattie Morahan, Jane Asher, Louise Brealey, Niamh Cusack, Olivia Vinall, Paterson Joseph, Paul Higgins, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Stephen Boxer.

The readings will include works from the following writers: A. A. Milne, A. E. Housman, Angela Morgan, Anna Kamienska, D. H. Lawrence, Hilaire Belloc, John Cooper Clarke, John Keats, Mark Halliday, Miroslav Holub, Paterson Joseph, W. B. Yeats and William Shakespeare.

The poem readings will be uploaded to this page as they are released.

Angellica Bell reads In Spite of War, by Angela Morgan


Imagine This, written and performed by Paterson Joseph


Niamh Cusack reads Fairy Tale, by Miroslav Holub

Translated by George Theiner.

Selected Poems (Penguin Books, 1967) with permission from Bloodaxe on behalf of the estate.

Anton Lesser reads Sonnet 29, by William Shakespeare


Hattie Morahan reads Funny, by Anna Kamienska and Clare Cavanagh

Translated by Clare Cavanagh


Olivia Vinall reads Why Must We Write, by Mark Halliday

from Jab, by Mark Halliday (University of Chicago Press, 2002)


Stephen Boxer reads Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare

From Act III, Scene 1


Arthur Darvill reads Loveliest of trees, the cherry now, by A. E. Housman


Adjoa Andoh reads Disobedience, by A. A. Milne

With thanks to the Clare Milne Trust 


Christopher Eccleston reads I Wanna Be Yours, by John Cooper Clarke


Jane Asher reads Ode to a Nightingale, by John Keats


Paul Higgins reads Sonnet 29, by William Shakespeare


Pippa Bennett-Warner reads Matilda, by Hilaire Belloc


Anjana Vasan reads The Cat and The Moon, by W. B. Yeats


Arthur Darvill reads The Mosquito, by D. H. Lawrence


It Was March 2020, read by members of Rose Participate



The only way for the Rose to continue offering these initiatives in such unprecedented times is through donations from the public. Together we can make sure that the #RoseEndures.

If you are able to make a donation, big or small, to help us carry on with our work, you can do so here.


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