A Wordsworth connection is bringing award-winning actor Brian Cox to the Lake District, and he plans to visit Rydal Mount at Ambleside this weekend.
Emmy-award-winning Cox, best known for his roles in the Bourne series and most recently as General Mikhail Kutuzov in the BBC’s War and Peace, will be also be attending a special screening of his latest film, The Carer, at Zeffirellis in Ambleside.
Brian Cox and Coco Konig in The Carer
The actor hopes to join members of the Wordsworth family at nearby Rydal Mount. One of the film’s producers, Charlotte Wontner, is the great great great great grand-daughter of William Wordsworth who lived at Rydal Mount.
In The Carer, a comedy drama, Cox plays a retired Shakespearean actor suffering from Parkinson’s that has left him frustrated and gloriously grumpy, at his country manor. His family insists he has a carer and he ends up with Hungarian Dorottya (Coco König) who has acting aspirations of her own.
Charlotte Wontner has worked extensively across documentary and drama as a producer and a production manager for many years. She established Hopscotch Films with director Clara Glynn and since then the company has developed a list of mixed genre feature films and produced award-winning documentary and drama.
After the screening of the film at Zeffirellis at 6pm (Sunday April 30), Cox will answer questions from the audience. Tickets are £15 and include drinks and nibbles at the reception plus entry to the film and Q&A. Book at http://www.zeffirellis.com/enquiries / 015394 33845
Listen here to Brian Cox talking about the film
William Wordsworth came home when actors from the Theatre by the Lake paid a visit to Rydal Mount.
The cast of the play William Wordsworth, with director Michael Oakley, were invited to the house which features prominently in the production.
And John Sackville, who plays the title role, was filmed sitting on Wordsworth’s original sofa and reading the poet’s most famous work, Daffodils.
The visit was arranged by Peter Elkington, the curator of Rydal Mount, which was Wordsworth’s home for most of his life and is still owned by the Wordsworth family.
Among the actors were Emma Pallant, who played Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy, Rosalind Steele (Mrs Coleridge), Amiera Darwish (Sara Hutchinson), and Olivier award winner Joseph Mydell (George Beaumont).
Also there were the three youngsters from Borrowdale School who had taken turns to play Wordsworth’s son Thomas: twins Tom and Oscar Pye-Kendall, and Theo Fulton.
The group was given a tour of the house and gardens, and invited into Wordsworth’s dining room for a cream tea.
“For oft, when on my couch I lie, In vacant or in pensive mood”: John Sackville reads from Wordsworth on the poet’s sofa https://youtu.be/DpoxXLAnKMo
We were thrilled to see the world premiere performance of Nicholas Pierpan and Michael Oakley’s William Wordsworth at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake.
The play follows the struggles for creative expression in the poet’s life, his stormy relationship with Coleridge, and the death of his children, before moving to his beloved home for the rest of his life, Rydal Mount. It was here that he found both peace and inspiration, and we are open every day for you to visit the house he loved and the gardens where he began an ongoing process of natural landscaping.
The review here gives more details:
William Wordsworth is at Theatre by the Lake until April 22. Details: theatrebythelake.com
And you can watch a trailer for the show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qNksyANVwA&feature=youtu.be