A little over a month ago we spent a glorious evening in the British Library in London to enjoy a celebration of Lewis Carroll’s immortal works concerning a young daydreamer named Alice.
As part of our extensive coverage for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland we enjoyed the event at the British Library a great deal, getting to hear Michael Sheen reading from Carroll’s novels was fascinating and incredibly enjoyable, but the highlight came when, at the close of the evening, Sir Christopher Lee moved to the front of the stage and read Carroll’s dark and delicious poem Jabberwocky.
I do this rarely, but I’ll quote myself here to set the scene. This is what I wrote in my post on the event,
[Lee] set about reading Carroll’s poem and it was a moment I’ll never forget. His deep, sonorous tones filled the room as he began, and with every line he psychically grew until he was giving us a real performance, stern eyes held his audience, and his voice grew to a fury before ebbing to a playful end – my words cannot do it justice.
The man had an orchestral voice and a presence unlike any I’ve seen. Hearing this man, with such a history and still a tangible command over an audience was a genuine experience. Carroll’s words have never resonated with me like that.
So now, here’s a treat for your Sunday, The Times have the video from the event for you all to enjoy.
Click here to see it, and enjoy.