05/20/2013 08:31 am ET

Jeremy Irons On His Love For TS Eliot

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Jeremy Irons is anxious. In two weeks’ time the actor will be at the Telegraph Hay Festival reading Four Quartets, TS Eliot’s final major poetic work. But it’s not the words, so finely wrought and allusive, that are worrying him. “I’ve never done Hay before,” he says thoughtfully, “but I gather it’s all in tents. I don’t know if that’s a good thing. I’m thinking about the audience’s focus, because the poem is sort of like a meditation, in a way.”

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