Feature: Jeremy Herrin On … TS Eliot, The Playwright

This month, the Donmar Warehouse presents a festival dedicated to TS Eliot (1888-1965), the Nobel Prize-winning, American-born poet, playwright and literary critic. Eliot's plays include The Family Reunion, Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party, but he's best remembered for his poetry including The Waste Land, Four Quartets and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which provided the inspiration for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. Donmar associate director Jeremy Herrin, who helms the festival's centrepiece revival of The Family Reunion, explains why Eliot's contribution to theatre is worth celebrating. Herrin's other credits include Statement of Regret at the National, The Vertical Hour at the Royal Court and Polly Stenham's That Face, which transferred from the Royal Court to the West End earlier this year.

Full published article at: http://www.whatsonstage.com/index.php?pg=207&story=E8821226922273

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