Returning to Wiltons after their sell-out Bob Dylan show, Dead Poets Live presents Edward Thomas and Robert Frost, the tragic story of a beautiful friendship, with Toby Jones in the role of Frost.
took Robert Frost – and a summer of walks in Gloucestershire in 1914 – to talk
Edward Thomas into writing poems. Until that summer, Thomas had been a Grub
Street familiar, living by the pen; Frost was an obscure American with a new
theory of versification. The encounter was to prove decisive in the life and
work of both men. Championed by Thomas, Frost gained literary recognition, with
poems such as ‘Home Burial’, ‘Mending Wall’ and ‘The Road Not Taken’, and went
on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry four times. But for Frost, Thomas may
never have come into his gift, or the sense of fulfilment that came with his self-discovery
as a poet – a period of unforeseen happiness cut short on the Western Front,
where Thomas was killed in action on Easter Monday 1917.
Poets Live is 'your chance to see big-name actors bring famous poems to life' (Culture
Whisper), all in aid of charity.
star of stage and screen, a Golden Globe and Bafta nominee, returning for the fourth
time to Dead Poets Live following appearances in The Broken Word, Bob Dylan:
The Words of the Songs and Hallowe’en,
Toby Jones made his breakthrough as Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous.
Film appearances has since included The Mist, W., Frost/Nixon,
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Dad’s Army. Television credits
include Capital, Sherlock and Titanic. As well as the new
series of Detectorists, for which he was awarded a BAFTA, recent work includes
Michael Haneke’s Happy End,
the most recent Jurassic Park and the BBC Two series which he also
co-created and co-wrote, Don’t Forget the