British Actors Reading Poetry

There really is no pleasure like hearing beautiful poetry, read beautifully. So what could be more delicious than a plateful of buttered crumpet but a plateful of classically trained British stage crumpet, reading poetry just for you?

Some lovely person, ie. rabid Sherlock / Loki obsessed internet dweller (no, not me), has taken the trouble of collecting together classic poems and texts read by some of the most mellifluous, rich and commanding voices from the British stage and screen - Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Richard Armitage, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh, David Tennant and Matthew MacFadyen.

The pieces selected range from the classics like Shakespeare's Sonnets, Marvell, Keats and Coleridge, extracts from novels by Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Elizabeth Gaskell, to more modern texts by Walt Whitman, W.B. Yeats, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot and Ted Hughes.

Modern female writers woefully under represented, as always, and some renditions are a little over-done to my taste (Kenneth Branagh, I'm looking at you) but there is no denying this is a sumptuous sensory and literary treat.

So make yourself a cup of tea (crumpet, optional), pop in a monocle, don a tiara, sit back - and think of England.

British Actors Reading Poetry