As a means of bringing joy and creativity into homes during these uncertain times, the Rose Theatre, Kingston, is launching the ‘Readings from the Rose’ initiative today.

Several prominent actors and creatives in the industry have filmed themselves reading their favourite poems and the Rose will be releasing one reading every day at 1pm across 14 days.

Those currently reading for the Rose include: Adjoa Andoh, Angellica Bell, Anjana Vasan, Anton Lesser, Arthur Darvill, Christopher Eccleston, Hattie Morahan, Jane Asher, Louise Brealey, Niamh Cusack, Olivia Vinall, Paterson Joseph, Paul Higgins, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Stephen Boxer.

The readings will include works from the following writers: A. A. Milne, A. E. Housman, Angela Morgan, Anna Kamienska, D. H. Lawrence, Hilaire Belloc, John Cooper Clarke, John Keats, Mark Halliday, Miroslav Holub, Paterson Joseph, W. B. Yeats and William Shakespeare.

These readings can be accessed by anyone completely free of charge on the Rose’s YouTube and Instagram channels, in the hope that they will bring some light entertainment to audiences while theatres are dark.