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Poetry Gala 2020

Stars of the stage and screen read the world's best loved poems. 


Gemma Arterton


Savoy Theatre, London


9th February 2020

Poetry Gala 2020

Driven by their ethos to nurture and support new talent, Platform Presents is hosting their fourth annual Poetry Gala on Sunday 9th February 2020 at the Savoy Theatre. Platform Presents founded the now annual Poetry Gala, to celebrate and highlight great writing through the inspiring medium of poetry, brought to life by stars of the stage and screen. Each year Gala Gordon and Isabella Macpherson curate a selection of poems, traditional and contemporary, and approach actors and poets to perform them on a London stage for one night only to raise funds for writers.


The Poetry Gala will raise funds for the Platform Presents Playwright’s Prize, now in its second year.  


This year, Platform Presents have assembled a terrific company: 


Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, Sex and The City 2, Men in Black 3)

Denise Gough (Angels in America, People Places and Things - Olivier Award for Best Actress)

Dianna Agron (Heroes, Glee)

Freddie Fox (Worried About The Boy)

Gala Gordon (The Crown)

Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful, The Crown)

Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations, The Borgias)

Indira Varma (Luther, Game of Thrones)

Iwan Rheon (E4’s Misfits, Game of Thrones)

James Massiah (Poet & DJ)

Jasmine Lee-Jones (Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner- Most Promising Playwright, Evening Standard Theatre Awards)

Jeremy Irvine (Warhorse)

Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck, The Tudors)

Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend it Like Beckham, Death and The Maiden- Olivier Award for Best Actress)

Lionheart (Award-Winning Poet)

Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella, Top Boy, Captain America: The First Avenger)

Ollie Feather (Poet & Musician)

Patrick Kennedy (Mrs Wilson, Atonement)

Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Harry Potter, The Amazing Spider Man, Not Only But Always- BAFTA Award for Best Actor)

Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Episodes, Much Ado About Nothing- Olivier Award for Best Actress)


The 2020 Poetry Gala will be directed by Gemma Arterton.


Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton is an English actress and film producer. She made her stage debut playing Rosaline in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost at the Globe Theatre (2007), and first appeared on film in the comedy St Trinian's (2007). Her breakthrough role was playing Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace in the following year, a performance which won her an Empire Award for Best Newcomer.

Arterton has since gone on to appear in a number of blockbuster films, including Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) as well as several smaller, art house pictures such as The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009), Tamara Drewe (2010), The Escape (2017) and Vita and Virginia (2018). She was awarded the Harper's Bazaar Woman of the Year Award for her work both acting in and producing The Escape. Arterton's theatrical highlights have included starring in The Duchess of Malfi (2014), Made in Dagenham (2014), Nell Gwynn (2016) and Saint Joan (2017). She was nominated for Olivier Awards for her work on both Nell Gwynn and Made in Dagenham, and she won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for the latter.

Since 2016 Arterton has run her own production company, Rebel Park Productions, which focuses on creating female-led content both in front of, and behind the camera.

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