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Hollywood star heading for West Dorset
6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
WEST Dorset will be getting a sprinkle of stardust as Hollywood glitz and glamour arrives in the shape of A-lister actress Natascha McElhone.
The actress, who will be appearing in the latest remake of Romeo and Juliet, will be taking time out of her schedule to appear in a special event at the Marine Theatre, in Lyme Regis tomorrow.
Called Look, Stranger, the night will celebrate National Poetry Day and WH Auden, who died 40 years ago this month, through the reading of some of his poems.
Along with the readings, his poems will also be turned into song lyrics and performed in a jazz band, created by singer Ruthie Culver.
Artistic director at the theatre, Tim Bell, said: “We’re really excited that Natascha McElhone is able visit us here at the Marine Theatre.
“Her appearance is the product of a perfect storm; brilliant music from Ruthie Culver, Benjamin Britten’s centenary and a gap in Natashca’s very busy filming schedule.
“It’s a real coup to have such a well know Hollywood star in our little theatre by the sea.”
Natascha first shot to fame appearing alongside Antony Hopkins in Surviving Picasso, before appearing in the Truman Show with Jim Carrey, The Devil’s own with Brad Pitt and Ronin with Robert De Niro.
Nominated for four awards during her career, she was also critically acclaimed for her performance of the title role in the television show The Other Boleyn Girl, and is currently the lead actress in hit US series Californica-tion.
She has also published her own book ‘After You’ in 2011 about the untimely death of her beloved husband Martin in 2008, and the aftermath of being left with two young boys and pregnant with a third.
Even though she has appeared with some of the world’s best actors, she said appearing in Look, Stranger was a rare opportunity for her to return to the poetic language she loves.
UtterJazz was created by singer Ruthie Culver to create inspiring live events with jazz and poetry, and the performance of Look, Stranger in Lyme Regis is part of a current Arts Council-funded UK tour.
The show has been a sell-out success at its three performances so far, with the satirical, romantic and witty lyrics by WH Auden reinterpreted in 21st century jazz.
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