AboutBenjamin Bagby's spellbinding Beowulf has been acclaimed around the world, most notably at Edinburgh International Festival where it was the must-see event of 2007. Recreating the role of the scop, the bardic storyteller, with his six-string harp, he brings the rich, musical language to life. A one-man tour de force that gives a rare chance to experience the poem as it might have been heard 1000 years ago.
Performed in old English with surtitles in modern English
Bagby comes as close to holding hundreds of people in a spell as ever a man has The New York Times
Bagby's performance is not only a technical tour de force, but a shining labour of love for the great story it tells, and for the original sound of its telling The Scotsman
A magical evening where poetry's musicality resounds in a way few of us get to hear now The Sunday Times
This event is part of a four-day celebration of the Anglo Saxon epic Beowulf in performance, readings, discussion, family events and workshops, together with a new display of the world's only surviving manuscript, now 1000 years old and one of the greatest treasures of the British Library collection.
For more Beowulf events at The British Library visit www.bl.uk/whatson