Britten Sinfonia is delighted to announce that actors Sophie Hunter and Richard Pryal will be joining the orchestra on stage for their performances to mark the end of the Great War in Norwich, London and Saffron Walden (8-10 November). Their readings of works by some of the greatest war poets including Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas, as well as letters and poems written by the women who were left behind such as Vera Brittain and Helen Mackay Brown, will be interspersed with music by Ivor Gurney, Rudi Stephan and Nico Muhly, concluding with Barber’s inimitable Adagio.
Richard Pryal trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His recent theatre includes: The Plough and the Stars (Royal National Theatre), An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Macbeth and Comedy of Errors (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Bury St Edmunds), Three Sisters (Young Vic), Farm Boy (59e59 Theater, New York), The Tempest & Love’s Labours Lost (Oxford Shakespeare Co.), The Ugly One (Norwich Theatre Royal), Tamburlaine & Edward II (Rose Theatre, South Bank). Television credits include: Killing Eve, Manhunt, London Spy, David Copperfield, A Passionate Woman and Murder Rooms.
Sophie Hunter was one of the original Screen International Starts of Tomorrow. Her credits include Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair and Stephen Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodile. She has recently returned from New York where she has been working as a theatre director, collaborating with Jim Jarmusch and Rupert Goold.
The Last Letter is a powerful theatrical evening of music and poetry commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War and exploring the tragedy of war from both sides of the trenches. At the heart of the performance is a new setting for baritone and chamber orchestra of Nico Muhly’s poignant The Last Letter, five songs using the texts of letters by First World War German and English soldiers and their loved ones.