Ralph Fiennes will star in a brand-new stage adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets this summer at Oxford Playhouse, as part of a national tour.

Yes you read that right. The A-List star of films such as Schindler’s List; The English Patient; The Grand Budapest Hotel; The Constant Gardner; Skyfall; In Bruges; The Dig and The Harry Potter series will be appearing on stage, here in Oxford for two weeks from June 14-26.

Tickets for Four Quartets will go on sale at Oxford Playhouse on Monday 29 March to Oxford Playhouse Members and on Tuesday 30 March for general sale.

Rehearsals for Four Quartets ©MattHumphrey

Mostly written before WWII when the closure of playhouses during the Blitz interrupted Eliot’s work in theatre, the Four Quartets contain some of the most exquisite and unforgettable reflections upon surviving periods of national crisis. 

Ralph Fiennes in Four Quartets rehearsals ©MattHumphrey-91

So it is fitting that Fiennes’ the announcement of Fiennes’ world premiere at Oxford Playhouse in June is announced this week – a year since regional theatres were forced to close, in a move aimed at welcoming audiences back to live theatre.  

Ralph Fiennes’ distinguished stage work is also well documented. The winner of a Tony Award for playing Hamlet, he has worked extensively in theatre, where his recent credits include Antony and CleopatraRichard III and The Master Builder.

Oxford Playhouse Foyer pre pandemic CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Four Quartets is also directed by Ralph Fiennes who will be joined by a remarkable creative team including Hildegard Bechtler (Designer) who won an Olivier Award for After the Dance at the National Theatre and received nominations for Top Hat and OresteiaTim 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.

Ralph Fiennes in Four Quartets rehearsals ©MattHumphrey

Four Quartets will run from June The production will play at Oxford Playhouse from 14 – 26 June 2021. To book from March 29 go to https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/your-visit/booking-information/

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