Two actors sit on the stage of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with fairy lights above them

Dead Poets Live 2021

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Filmed in our candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, watch Olivier award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson CBE read one of the most original poets of the 20th century, Stevie Smith.

Released to mark the 50th anniversary of Smith’s death, Juliet Stevenson (The Doctor, Almeida & West End) brings the British poet to life in a new film that draws on her letters and prose, and includes Smith’s own illustrations.

‘Death, loneliness, God, and the Devil’ – is how Stevie Smith described the ‘main business’ of her life and poetry, and she faced them with the same unsparing, often hilarious honesty. Admired by Seamus Heaney, mistaken for Virginia Woolf and asked out for lunch by Sylvia Plath, her often-underestimated poems were as strange and timeless in the 1930s as they are today.

Poems performed include: ‘Not Waving but Drowning’, ‘The Frog Prince’, ‘Away, Melancholy’, ‘Emily writes such a good letter’, ‘God the Eater’ and many more.

Experience our Playhouse through the lens of poetry.

About Dead Poets Live
Devised and supported by the T. S. Eliot Foundation, Dead Poets Live draws together the most exciting performers and the most inspiring venues to bring our greatest poets to new audiences.


Price: Free with registration

You can register and watch this film from 11.00am on Friday 5 March.

As a charity that receives no regular government funding, the ticket income from events like these is vital to us.

Running time: 67 minutes

This film is available with audio description.

Content guidance: Themes of death and suicide are explored in this film.


The Dead Poets Live film will be available to watch online from Friday 5 March, 11.00am GMT until Monday 5 April, 11:00am GMT.

You can watch the film as many times as you wish during this period. In order to enjoy the full film we recommend you start watching by 9.00am on Monday 5 April at the latest as the film is approximately 67 minutes.

You will be able to access the film via the Digital Events page once you log into your Globe Account.

We recommend making sure you are able to access your account by logging in the day before you plan to watch the film. If you are having any issues please email our Box Office team.

Please make sure you have a good, reliable internet connection.