The Fallen Elm (POSTPONED)

By January 19, 2021Portfolio, Telling Stories

Toby Jones plays John Clare, the ‘peasant poet’, in a musical and literary celebration of Clare’s life

After two hundred years of scrutiny of his life and work, John Clare speaks his mind.  Acclaimed writer Stephen Plaice and composer Julian Philips combine forces to create an intimate and deeply moving portrait of the poet that celebrates the extraordinary power and fertility of his work and brings us closer to the man who loved the limelight, yet longed to return to the chair by the fire in his Northamptonshire home. In this very special single performance at Bush Hall, Toby Jones plays John Clare.

The premiere is now postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic – a new date will be released asap.

26th April 2020, 19:30pm

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LJ

Tickets available at

Box Office 0208 222 6955

£16 (£11 concessions)

Creative Team

Writer – Stephen Plaice

Composer   – Julian Philips

Director – Caroline Clegg

Project Lead & Research – Simon Kövesi

Costume – Alexa Moore

Musicians – Goldfield Ensemble

Producer   – Kate Romano

Read more about Professor Simon Kövesi’s 2020 John Clare project and the ideas behind the production here:

The Fallen Elm is kindly supported by Oxford Brookes University, Arts Council England and The John Clare Society.