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October 2, 2018:
Tom Hiddleston was one of the many readers at the Dickens vs Tolstoy battle hosted by Intelligence Squared. Intelligence Squared is the world's leading forum for intelligent debate and discussion. The event was held at the Emmanuel Centre in London. Team Dickens was lead by University College London professor John Mullan. Team Tolstoy was lead by Columbia Professor Simon Schama. Other guests included Bonnie Greer, Julia Sawalha, Timothy West, Zawe Ashton, Kit Kingsley.
The host, Farah Jassat, shared a picture of Tom in rehearsals shortly before the event started.
Inside the event:
You can watch the full video of the event below or listen to the podcast here.
- Charles Dickens
- (12:48-18:40) Great Expectations performed by Zawe Ashton, Timothy West, and Kit Kingsley.
- (21:10-22:55) Bleak House performed by Tom Hiddleston
- (25:10-30:25) Great Expectations performed by Zawe Ashton, Julia Sawalha, and Timothy West.
- (33:15-37:55) David Copperfield performed by Zawe Ashton, Julia Sawalha, Timothy West, and Kit Kingsley.
- Leo Tolstoy
- (44:45-47:25) Hadji Murat performed by Tom Hiddleston
- (53:23-58:38) Anna Karenina performed by Julia Sawalha and Zawe Ashton
- (1:00:12-1:04:50) Anna Karenina performed by Tom Hiddleston and Julia Sawalha
- (1:06:00-1:10:20) Anna Karenina performed by Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton
- (1:13:02-1:19:40) War and Peace performed by Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton
Also at the end there's a question period where Bonnie Greer asks the company how different it is to perform based on prose (a book) rather than a playtext, Tom answered (1:23:05): The interesting thing about both Tolstoy and Dickens is the richness of description. With a play you just have the dialogue and so.. you're basically looking for subtext because underneath the meaning of the things people say are the things people mean. Sometimes they don't say what they mean. Whereas with Tolstoy and Dickens you've got these long passages of where both writers invite the reader into the mind of the protagonist or of the character. So that Tolstoy piece with Levin waiting for Kitty to give birth is actually in the third person but it's written with such a momentum that it feels like it's in the first person in some way. Actually that's true of all. If you're ever in a situation as an actor where there's a book. It's such a blessing because you can go to the book and look at all this interiority to shore up the exterior which is what we have to present as actors.
There was a cute blurb about the event in the Evening Standard: Tomsky does Vronsky!
The final result was Tolstoy FTW
Fashion:Tom Hiddleston is wearing PS Paul Smith coat from RADA Hamlet ($550). Along with his John Smedley Lundy sweater ($250), J brand jeans ($270), Kurt Geiger chelsea boots (£139), and Mykita glasses ($609).