“Language is the armoury of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is one of the foremost English poets and thinkers. Along with other iconic English men of letters such as William Wordsworth, John Keats, PB Shelley and Lord Byron he was at the centre of the 17 and 18 century romantic movement. His poetry at its finest rivals Shakespeare. As important as his poetry was, he is also celebrated for his enduring contribution to philosophical, theological and political thought over the course of his adult life. His reputation is truly international.

NOT FEET AWAY from where Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his family are buried, a modern reinterpretation and re-enactment of his most famous poem is to be performed to celebrate 250 years of the poet’s birth.

On Saturday October 22nd St Michael’s church in Highgate, North London, will host two performances of adaptations of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. one of the most popular and famous poems in the English Language. One at 3.00 pm and one at 7.00 pm.

Will we hear again the immortal lines:

Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.


 Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.


He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.”?

We will learn more on the day!

Valerie Doulton, director of The Live Literature Company reimagines this marvellous poem, written by one of our greatest geniuses, through slightly different eyes…

“It is particularly moving that we are able to perform this work in the very church where Coleridge worshipped and in whose crypt he and his remarkable family were reinterred in June 1961. Our thanks to the Rev Kunle Ayodeji, vicar of St Michael’s, for helping with this venture, and to The Coleridge Trust* for its support.”

The dramatisation stars actors Richard Hansell (‘The 47th’ The Old Vic Theatre, London, ‘The View from the Bridge’, West End/ Broadway) and Sam Fairbrother (recently in LLC’s William Blake at Tate Britain). The production is suitable for people of all ages.


St Michael’s Church

Highgate Village, London N6 6BJ

Performance suitable for all ages

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