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Natascha McElhone at Lyme Regis for National Poetry Day
HOLLYWOOD A-Lister Natascha McElhone provided glitz and glamour to the National Poetry day celebrations in Lyme Regis.
Called Look Stranger, the night at the theatre involved Natascha McElhone performing the poetry of WH Auden to the audience, before UtterJazz then used the words from the poems to form lyrics to jazz songs.
The actress was on stage for two hours and read more than ten poems as she and the band took turns to perform the poetry, and also recorded a two minute video for the theatre’s £95,000 Raise the Roof campaign.
Tim Bell, artistic director at the Marine Theatre, said: “Natascha was a really lovely person. She was really down to earth and I think she was quite taken by Lyme Regis.
“She had never been to Lyme Regis before and she said it was a charming little town. She complimented the view from outside the theatre and said she really loved it. She spent the day walking around the town to take it all in before rehearsing at the theatre, and it was a real coup for our theatre to attract someone of the calibre of Natascha.”
More than 100 people attended the performance and Mr Bell said it was an incredibly good performance.
Mr Bell added: “It was a really electric performance.
“I’m a fan of WH Auden and his poetry and have read them all before, but Natascha read them in such a way that I saw them in a new light.”
The actress, who has been nominated for four awards during her career, has appeared alongside actors such as Robert De Niro, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Carey and Brad Pitt.
She is currently the lead actress in US television series Californication and is to appear in the latest remake of Romeo and Juliet as Lady Capulet.
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