The Owl and the Nightingale by Simon Armitage to be Performed in a Reading at the Royal Court Theatre

Published on Fri 3 Dec 2021

Update: The reading of The Owl and the Nightingale has been postponed until Spring 2022.

The Owl and the Nightingale will be performed as a reading in the Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Theatre Downstairs on Monday 13 December 2021 at 4pm. 

In a new translation by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, this witty and enchanting edition of  the medieval debate poem will be directed by John Tiffany.  

Following his acclaimed translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  and Pearl,  Simon Armitage shines a light on another jewel of Middle English verse. The disputed issues within the piece still resonate - concerning identity, cultural attitudes, class distinctions and the right to be heard.  

Following the performance there will be a book signing in the Balcony Bar. 

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Tickets are £5. Book tickets

The Owl and the Nightingale reading is supported by The Institute of Digital Archaeology.